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May 29, 2013

McAlister's Deli in Athens to hold fundraisers for Moore, Okla., tornado relief

ATHENS — Fifty-three McAlister’s Deli restaurants owned by Dallas-based franchisee The Saxton Group — including the location in Athens — will hold fundraisers on Thursday, May 30, from 5 p.m. to close to benefit relief efforts for the recent Moore, Okla. tornado.  

All proceeds from the fundraisers will go directly to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, who has set up a permanent Food Resource Center in Moore, Okla. to help with relief efforts.

“We want to thank McAlister’s Deli, and their customers, for raising funds to help Oklahomans who were impacted by the devastating tornadoes,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “Fundraisers like this one help the Regional Food Bank to continue to assist with tornado relief efforts and help our neighbors in need.”

"We're a part of the Moore community and we have employees who lost homes in the tornado. This fundraiser is just the start of our promise to stand with the people of Oklahoma for the long haul. We are committed to doing everything we can to assist with the relief and recovery efforts." Says Adam Saxton, Vice President of The Saxton Group.

Each of The Saxton Group’s 53 restaurants throughout Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri and Kansas, will donate 10 percent of total sales from the fundraiser. Tip jars will also be displayed for customers to donate extra dollars.  For a complete list of participating McAlister’s Deli locations, visit

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 480 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. 

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