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Colorado Restaurant Response to Serve 15,000 More Meals Thanks to a $100,000 Gift from BOK Financial

Donation part of million-dollar regional COVID-19 response to create jobs and provide hunger relief

Kate Davis, Tara Rojas | May 7, 2020

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May 7, 2020 (Denver, CO) – Colorado Restaurant Response is creating more job opportunities and cooking more meals thanks to a $100,000 contribution from BOK Financial.

Colorado Restaurant Response’s model is to re-hire and keep restaurant workers employed, preparing ready-to-eat, nutritious meals. Meals are distributed to food insecure families, unemployed service workers and frontline workers in partnership with the Denver Metro Emergency Food Network and Bondadosa. All funding goes toward food, utilities and paying hourly restaurant workers and drivers.

“BOK Financial’s donation of $100,000 will result in more than 15,000 meals for food insecure families in Colorado,” said Gabe Cohen, a spokesperson for Colorado Restaurant Response. “All of our funds go toward standing up restaurant kitchens, which allows people to come back to the jobs they love and delivering meals door-to-door to feed people who need it.”

“We care deeply about our bank’s role in helping our local economy and community,” said Bill Sullivan, Colorado Market CEO of BOK Financial. “Offering much-needed meals combined with getting people back to work is an obvious win-win and something we’re happy to be able to support.”

Since launching on March 30, Colorado Restaurant Response has grown to partner with six restaurant kitchens serving 3,000 meals per day. So far, the initiative has delivered more than 80,000 meals.

The Colorado contribution is part of a $1 million effort by the BOK Financial Corporation above and beyond their existing charitable budget to specifically support initiatives that create jobs to provide hunger relief throughout the company’s eight-state footprint. “Our Colorado nonprofits are a crucial safety net for our community and they are being called on to help our citizens on a scale they have never before seen,” said Sullivan.

“It’s crucial that we do our part. We continue to work with all our existing nonprofit partners, but it’s also a time to dig deep to see what more we can do now.” The community contribution is part of BOK Financial’s overall response to COVID-19 to keep employees safe and meet client needs. More information about BOK Financial’s efforts can be found here.

Nonprofit business coalition Colorado Succeeds serves as the fiscal agent for Colorado Restaurant Response and is assisting with the effort in addition to their continued core work advocating for better outcomes for students, dedicating thought leadership to statewide initiatives in public education and workforce development.

“BOK Financial joins other companies and executives responding to a call to support learners right now with their most basic needs,” said Scott Laband, Colorado Succeeds President. “They have amplified their leadership through this generous contribution to the Colorado Restaurant Response.”

To learn more about Colorado Restaurant Response and how to request meals, visit https://www.coloradorestaurantresponse.org/.
To learn more about Colorado Succeeds, visit https://coloradosucceeds.org/.
To learn more about BOK Financial’s COVID-19 response efforts, visit https://www.bokfinancial.com/landing-pages/covid-19/covid-19-resource-center.

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About Colorado Restaurant Response

Colorado Restaurant Response is making an impact against the challenges our communities are facing during this difficult time by standing up kitchens in Colorado to feed the food insecure. All funds raised goes toward rehiring restaurant workers to prepare ready-to-eat, nutritious meals that are distributed daily to unemployed service workers, food insecure families and frontline workers. For more information, visit Coloradorestaurantresponse.org.

About Colorado Succeeds

Colorado Succeeds is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to ensure all kids are educated to their greatest potential and all businesses have the homegrown talent they need to thrive. Since 2006, Colorado Succeeds has connected leaders in business, education, and government to advocate for students and their futures. Through initiatives in policy, practice, and philanthropy, Colorado Succeeds supports educators who are innovating in the classroom and policymakers who are changing the system to support student success.

About BOK Financial

BOK Financial Corporation is a more than $40 billion regional financial services company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma with more than $80 billion in assets under management and administration. The company's stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the Global Select market listings (BOKF). BOK Financial Corporation's holdings include BOKF, NA; BOK Financial Securities, Inc., BOK Financial Private Wealth, and BOK Financial Insurance, Inc. BOKF, NA operates TransFund, Cavanal Hill Investment Management and BOK Financial Asset Management, Inc. BOKF, NA operates banking divisions across eight states as: Bank of Albuquerque; Bank of Oklahoma; Bank of Texas and BOK Financial (in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas and Missouri); as well as having limited purpose offices Nebraska, Milwaukee and Connecticut. Through its subsidiaries, BOK Financial Corporation provides commercial and consumer banking, brokerage trading, investment, trust and insurance services, mortgage origination and servicing, and an electronic funds transfer network. For more information, visit www.bokf.com.