LET'S END HUNGER IN OKLAHOMA
When you see the devastating stats of our neighbors struggling with hunger, it sounds insurmountable, but it is not. Working together, we can create a society where our children do not go to bed hungry. We can support families so that they are not forced to make a choice between rent and groceries.
CAMPAIGN TO END HUNGER IN OKLAHOMA
THE FACE OF HUNGER
Hunger hides. Though many of us may not realize the grave disparities that exist in our communities, people face hunger in every county in eastern Oklahoma. With 60% of Oklahomans living paycheck to paycheck, many families are one unexpected bill or incident away from falling off the financial cliff. These are our neighbors, coworkers, classmates, and even family members.
Together, we've made significant progress.
Yet, despite all of our momentum...
Oklahoma remains one of only five states with a food insecurity rate above 14.5%.
One in seven Oklahomans are food insecure - leaving families struggling between paying bills and putting food on the table.
One in five children in eastern Oklahoma struggle daily with hunger - going to bed not knowing where their next meal will come from.
EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE RELIABLE ACCESS TO FOOD
While the issue of hunger has grown in Oklahoma, so have our efforts. We have established a 5-year vision with 10 ambitious goals in a Campaign to End Hunger in Oklahoma.
Join us on our journey.
OUR STRATEGIC GOALS
Reduce the food insecurity rate of children from 21% to less than 10%.
Deliver 50 million meals to families in need annually (60 million lbs.).
Grow outreach to rural, urban underserved, and tribal communities.
65% of all food distributed are fruits and vegetables, with half sourced within the region.
Dramatically enhance the capability of partner agencies, to fundraise, advocate, and access and deliver food to their communities.
Engage 10,000 new stakeholders in the fight against hunger.
25% of revenue from earned income.
$1 million state appropriated dollars annually to fight food insecurity.
Achieve and maintain proportional distribution for each county in our service area.
Meet or exceed adequacy of service target for each county in our service area.
Lead engaged partners in the fight against hunger in eastern Oklahoma.
No person in Oklahoma hungry.
THE PANDEMIC COMPELLED US TO SEE HUNGER IN A NEW LIGHT
COVID-19 only pulled back the curtain on an already existing hunger issue in Oklahoma.
The food sourcing model has changed. We are leading our feeding partners with new experiences, analytics, and other advantages to be better prepared than before the pandemic – including finding new food sources to replace donations impacted by dwindling government and retail support.
We are working closely with our feeding partners to identify the needs of their communities. We are investing to strengthen our partners by improving their infrastructure, transportation, and storage capacity. We are working with them to expand critical programs to serve families in these food deserts better.
The Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma serves 24 counties throughout eastern Oklahoma.
Click on the links below to learn more about your community.
Adair | Cherokee | Choctaw | Craig | Creek | Delaware | Haskell | Latimer | Le Flore | Mayes | McCurtain | McIntosh | Muskogee | Nowata | Okmulgee | Osage | Ottawa | Pittsburg | Pushmataha | Rogers | Sequoyah | Tulsa | Wagoner | Washington
The Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma works with more than
600 feeding partners throughout eastern Oklahoma.
DRIVEN BY DATA. GROUNDED BY EQUALITY.
Proportional Distribution is a strategy to more equitably serve our 24-county service area that matches resources to needs. We aim to ensure that every county has a representative share of the meals, programs, and support related to the estimated number of food-insecure persons in the county.