Robert Painter

Due to his passion and dedication, Robert Painter has made quite a name for himself in the OKC restaurant industry. Due to his generosity and love for the OKC community, Mr. Painter can be found helping others all over OKC when he's not feeding guest of Patrono restaurant.
Robert Painter has served as board president for Other Options Inc. and Friends Food Pantry and food committee director for Love OKC One Day. Mr. Painter was honored as a Pink Tie Guy by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. He was also awarded the Richard May Award by the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund.
Robert leads the efforts of Other Options Inc. to organize thousands of pounds of food that are delivered each year on Thanksgiving to people throughout the Oklahoma City metro who have HIV or AIDS and could not likely afford much for a holiday meal.
In the early 2000s, Painter started out simply helping deliver meals, like the hundreds of people who show up each year to take the holiday meals across Oklahoma City.
Since becoming an organizer for Other Options’ Thanksgiving meal delivery, Painter has seen the program grow from 225 meals in 2006 to over 1,000 meals in 2016 (750 meals delivered and an additional 250 meals served at a local diner to the homeless) — unfortunately, due to need.
“It’s a number you don’t enjoy seeing grow, but what you do enjoy is the number of people who continue to give the food and give their time,” Painter said. “It’s amazing the number of people who show up for that now.”

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