How We Feed Thousands of Families in Need
Step 1 | Relationships
We have been feeding the families of Eastern Oklahoma since 1981. Since then we have built lasting relationships with farmers, retailers, and other members of the community. We provide at least 4 meals for $1. Your dollar goes further because we leverage our relationships, and 97% of it goes directly towards hunger relief.
Step 2 | Nutritious Meals
We pride ourselves on being able to provide a healthy mix of shelf-stable groceries, fresh produce, and hot meals. Last year, 45% of distributed foods were fresh produce. Our goal is to get as many fresh fruits and vegetables to people as possible.
Step 3 | Distribution
We serve 24 counties across eastern Oklahoma by providing food to nearly 400 partner pantries at little or no cost. Our community has been projected by the USDA to become the nation's most food-insecure area for children, so the 28 million pounds of food we deliver annually are necessary to end hunger in Oklahoma.
Who Does the Food Bank Help?
Families in Need
Nearly 1 in 6 Oklahomans are struggling daily with food insecurity. There are also a number of families in crisis. Our services provide much-needed relief to parents struggling to choose between keeping the lights on and putting food on the table.
Children Struggling with Hunger
During the school year, 84% of kids in Oklahoma depend on free-and-reduced lunches. 1 in 4 kids in Oklahoma has limited access to nutrient-dense meals outside of school. The USDA has projected that eastern Oklahoma will become the nation's most food-insecure area for kids.
Food insecurity is a major concern for people above the age of 65 in Oklahoma. Around 10% of Oklahoma seniors face hunger. Our Serving Seniors program delivers groceries directly to those that need them.
Hunger is unacceptable no matter what, but we are especially aware of how deeply hunger affects the veterans of the country. It's been estimated that up to 27% of recent active duty veterans struggle to put food on the table.
Benefits of Donating to the Food BanK
Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is a 501(c)(3) organization. This means we are legally classified as a non-profit, and any financial contribution you make is tax-deductible.
Direct Hunger Relief
We are committed to making the absolute most out of each donated dollar. That is why 97% of our donations go directly towards hunger relief including the cost of food and distribution to people in need.
The Best Solution
When you donate to the Food Bank, you are providing thousands of hungry and food-insecure families easy access to food. The Food Bank provides nearly 400 pantries throughout eastern Oklahoma food for families in their community.
Ways to Give
In addition to financial donations, there are numerous other ways you can support our mission to help fight hunger in Oklahoma.
For more information, contact John Sanders at 918-936-4543.
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