Partner Opportunities


As a Partner Program of the Food Bank, you have access to a wide range of programs and resources that could be helpful to your agency and community.  Whether you are interested in a nutrition program for your community or help with fundraising for your organization, we are here to help you.  For more information please click below on the available partnering opportunities:

Advocacy

It takes more than food to fight hunger. The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is committed to advocating for programs and policies that guarantee adequate nutrition for all eastern Oklahomans. Help us raise awareness about the reality of hunger in Oklahoma and advocate for legislation that addresses the many factors that contribute to food insecurity. Together, we can make a difference.

Capacity Building

Capacity building is essential to meeting the growing demands for food assistance in a changing world. It addresses many issues including how to serve more people more efficiently and  how to be better stewards of food and funds. The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma supports capacity building practices through educational workshops and training, agency-to-agency networking opportunities, program collaborations, resources for agencies and clients and hands-on assistance in client-choice methods.  In addition, general support for your operations is available in space planning, logistics and the sharing of best practices. For information on opportunities for capacity building or a one-on-one capacity assessment, contact Phyllis Holmes at 918-585-2800 or by email pholmes@okfoodbank.org.

Cooking Matters Program

Share our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ is a nutrition-education program that teaches individuals how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget.  Professional chefs and nutritionists volunteer their time and expertise to lead hands-on courses that show adults, teens and kids how to buy and prepare nutritious foods in healthful, safe and tasty ways.  This training provide individuals lifelong knowledge, skills and resources for preparing healthy meals. For information on how to host a Cooking Matters course at your program, contact John McCarthy at 918-936-4525 or jmccarthy@okfoodbank.org.

Culinary Services

(Catering, VAP Meals, Recipes, Self-Help Cook)

Food Drive Training

For more information on Food or Fund Drives, contact Katie Lepine at 918 936-4511 or klepine@okfoodbank.org.

Food for Kids Backpack Program

Food Handling Training

Safe food handling training is offered to all new partner programs and new staff at existing programs.  Please contact Joanne Burdick, Director of Agency Relations at 918 936-4513 or by email at jburdick@okfoodbank.org for more details.

Healthy Food Cooperative

The Healthy Food Cooperative provides an additional source for purchased food targeting product not always available through the donated food stream.  Product may be purchased with a one-case minimum.  For more information contact Donna Boggs, Operations Clerk at 918-936-4518 or by email at dboggs@okfoodbank.org

Kids Café After-School Program

Mobile Pantry Program

Produce Deliveries

When the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma has a large quantity for fresh produce, we work with partner programs to make produce deliveries.  For more information contact Joanne Burdick at 918-936-4513 or by email at jburdick@okfoodbank.org.

Resource Development Training

Interested to learn how your program could benefit from fund raising, grant writing or a communications strategy?  Contact Rochelle Dowdell at 918-936-4508 or rdowdell@okfoodbank.org

Rural Delivery Services

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma offers product delivery for a nominal fee to programs in rural parts of our service area. If you are not currently using this service and would like to, contact Joanne Burdick at 918-936-4513 or by email at jburdick@okfoodbank.org.

Senior Servings Program

The Senior Servings Program provides shelf stable food, produce and bakery items to low income seniors.  Distributions take place at each site twice a month.  For more information contact Bailey Moorhead at 918-936-4510 or bmoorhead@okfoodbank.org.

SNAP Outreach (Food Stamp)

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is starting a pilot program working with agencies assisting clients to complete the Request for Benefits form to apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps). For more information contact Bailey Moorhead at 918-936-4510 or by email at bmoorhead@okfoodbank.org

Volunteer Recruitment & Retention Training

For help with volunteer recruitment ideas and suggestions for your program, contact Kate Pelizzoni, Director of Volunteer Services at 918-936-4512 or kpelizzoni@okfoodbank.org.