Bryan Parker Testifies Before US Senate Committee : September 15, 2017

Bryan Parker is a student in the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation Culinary Trade Program. He provided a stirring testimony on the importance of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) in front of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee in Washington DC on September 15, 2017. He then met with Chairman Roberts briefly afterwards. Here is his story written by Ginnie Graham of the Tulsa World and her blog post after the testimony. The Farm Bill is the most important piece of anti-hunger…


Walmart Foundation Grant Funds Infrastructure for More Fresh Produce : August 29, 2017

  L/R: Anna Diamond, Walmart; Monica Gibbs, Agape Bible Fellowship Food Pantry; Eileen Bradshaw, Food Bank Executive Director The Walmart Foundation provided a $50,000 grant to fund the infrastructure that will ultimately help Food Bank’s Partner Programs secure and distribute more nutritious food to families in need. The grant will support investments in the refrigerated equipment necessary to handle perishable products, and will benefit 20 of the Food Bank’s Partner Programs in eight counties. “One in 6 people struggle with hunger…


Internet and phone outage : August 3, 2017

Due to an unexpected maintenance issue, the Food Bank will not have phone or internet service beginning at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, August 3. We hope to have internet back up first thing Friday morning, August 4. The phone system may take longer to re-activate. We are hopeful to have phones back by noon Friday. Mobile numbers for Food Bank staff will be the best way to communicate during this period. We apologize for any inconvenience, and are working as quickly…


At Subway: Get a Sub, Give Hope : July 25, 2017

Enjoy a fresh sandwich at any Subway restaurant on Friday, August 4, and Subway will donate 10% of all sales to the two Oklahoma Food Banks. In addition to making a donation, each patron will receive a free sandwich with the purchase of any sandwich and 30 ounce drink.

Summer Isn’t Fun When You’re Hungry : July 24, 2017

Why did the Food Bank sponsor 12 federal Summer Food Service Program sites for the first time this year? Why did our Culinary Center produce and distribute thousands of meals each week with the help of VISTA members and community volunteers? Because for Starla and her family, and many others like them, summer isn’t fun when you’re hungry. “My husband works, but we have four children. In addition to that, my mother lives with us who is now disabled, as…


Vista Members Help Make This a Hunger-Free Summer : July 5, 2017

This summer, for the first time, the Food Bank is sponsoring 12 federal Summer Food Service Program sites in Tulsa at select libraries and youth centers. Our Culinary Center produces thousands of meals each week and distributes them with the help of several AmeriCorps VISTA (mostly college students) members spending their time in service to the community. Thomas Von Borstel is a University of Tulsa student and football player. Every morning Thomas starts his day at 5:15 a.m. for summer…


Fifteenth and Home Anniversary Party : June 30, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Join us for a fun evening of food, cocktails, music and prizes at Fifteenth and Home’s Fourth Annual Anniversary Party, benefiting the Food Bank. Win one of many amazing furniture pieces – raffle tickets are $10 each and there is no limit to how many can be purchased (winners do not have to be present for the drawing). Come enjoy delicious food, an open bar, and live music inside the store. Fifteenth and…


Philbrook Partnership Brings in the Green : May 31, 2017

The Food Bank is pleased to announce the renewal of the collaboration with Philbrook’s Edible Garden Project. This rekindled partnership will help provide even more fresh food to the Produce Project. Last year, over 31 percent of the Food Bank’s distribution was fresh produce. This year is currently on track to shatter that record. People struggling with hunger often fill their need for calories with low-cost, high-glycemic items, such as fast food. The nutrition that fresh produce provides is required…