Disaster Response: A Whole Community Collaboration

Disaster Responses Require a Whole Community Collaboration

Thanks to a response from the community: individuals, businesses, civic groups, and religious institutions, the Food Bank has provided supplies for first-responders and food relief for people recovering from flood waters and severe weather. These are just a few examples.

News On 6 Rapid Response
Before Travis Meyer could take a breather from constant severe weather reporting, News On 6 began putting together a drive to collect needed disaster relief items and funds for the Food Bank, Red Cross, and Emergency Infant Services. “As Tulsa’s only locally owned television station we knew that we needed to help our fellow Oklahomans. We were proud to be able to partner with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma to help as many folks as possible and quickly.” –Houston Hunt, News On 6

American Airlines and Their Team Members Respond
In Oklahoma’s time of need American Airlines stepped in to lend a helping hand. American purchased 75,000 pounds of food which their employees packed into 5,000 disaster relief boxes to distribute as families try to recover. “For those affected by this recent disaster, we hope these emergency food boxes provide some sense of relief and give Oklahomans the strength to move forward.” –Griffin Gonzalez, American Airlines

Reasor’s Registers Rise to the Occasion
In collaboration with their customers eager to help, Reasor’s collected funds at their checkout to support the people affected by flooding and severe weather. “Due to overwhelming support from the community, Reasor’s wanted to make helping neighbors as easy as possible. Reasor’s supports the Food Bank all year, we love the work they do and their service area closely matches neighborhoods with Reasor’s locations. We are glad to help during this time of great need.” –Lauren Jones Cross, Reasor’s

2 Works for You
Thanks to KJRH, 2 Works for You. Their food drive, in front of the Brookside studio, collected over 3,000 pounds of food and enough funding to provide an additional 2,400 meals to help with disaster relief for Green Country neighbors in need.

Hand Up for Hard-Hit Sand Springs
Restore Hope is a Partner Agency of the Food Bank located in shadow of the beleaguered west Tulsa levee system. “Words cannot express how thankful we are for your help as we evacuated and moved back in due to the potential flooding of our building. Your truck and staff were amazing through it all and we cannot thank you enough. With all of your busyness, a visit from the Vice President, and your general high level of activity, you were so responsive and amazingly gracious. Thank you again!” –Jeff Jaynes, Restore Hope

A Pop-up Mobile Pantry traveled to Sand Springs in partnership with Sand Springs Community Services. “We have been a Food Bank partner for many years. In this disaster, the Mobile Pantry enabled us to serve the folks most affected at a much greater capacity than a small agency like ours could otherwise facilitate at one time.” Nathan Woodmansee, Sand Springs Community Services

If you have a group that would like to volunteer and make sure their neighbors have the food they need, contact Teressia Kehr at 918-936-4512.