The mission of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is to feed the hungry of eastern Oklahoma through a network of Partner Programs and to engage our communities in ending hunger. Our vision is food security, with dignity, for all eastern Oklahomans. We are the largest private hunger-relief organization in eastern Oklahoma.
Who We Serve
We provide food and other donated goods to 450 Partner Programs in 24 counties of eastern Oklahoma. These programs include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs and senior citizen centers. Together, we provide more than 275,000 meals each week to people struggling with hunger. During Fiscal Year 2013 we distributed more than 17.1 million pounds of food.
About Our Tulsa Warehouse
The Donald W. Reynolds Distribution Center opened in June 2006. The 78,000 square-foot facility can store up to three million pounds of food at any one time. Our warehouse is outfitted with state-of-the-art coolers and freezers with 288 freezer pallet spaces and 288 refrigerator pallet spaces. It is also equipped with a 2,200 square foot professional Culinary Center where thousands of pounds of perishable food are processed into frozen meals for later distribution.
The Food Bank opened a branch in McAlester in August 2012. For the eight counties in southeast Oklahoma – Choctaw, Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore, McCurtain, McIntosh, Pittsburg and Pushmataha- traveling to the Tulsa distribution center posed geographic challenges. By reducing the time and costs our partners spend to pick up food, this new facility enables our programs to reallocate resources to those struggling with hunger. Proximity to the McAlester branch also enables our Partner Programs to pick-up and distribute more perishable items including fresh produce, meat and bakery items because of reduced travel time.
The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma has been a proud member of Feeding America since 1986. Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
Feeding America food bank members provide low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. For 1 in 6 people in the United States, hunger is a reality. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, the network of food banks supplies food to more than 48 million Americans each year, including 16 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 63,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms.
The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma benefits significantly by being a member of this national network, in ways ranging from gaining access to national food donors to information on public policy issues around hunger and food safety.