Food Bank COVID-19 Response Plan
Many families we serve live paycheck to paycheck, often having trouble getting enough food each day.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional devastating effects for them and many others newly unemployed.
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The primary focus of the Food Bank remains working with an efficient network of 730 Partner Agencies and direct service programs. We provide partners with shelf-stable items and fresh produce so they can offer food resources to people struggling to get enough to eat within their communities.
In addition to an increase in our typical food distribution of fresh produce and shelf-stable pantry items, during COVID-19, emergency boxes of shelf-stable food are available for Partners Agencies to feed their clients. Thanks to a generous grant from the Richison Family Foundation, the Food Bank greatly expanded the capacity to provide additional emergency relief boxes.
The devastating health and economic effects from the pandemic have hit so many people. As a result, many more of our neighbors now need food assistance. Starting in March, the Food bank has consistently distributed 25% more food than we did last year during the same time period. The increase in distribution over that time is record breaking.
Please take a look to see some of the other measures taken by the Food Bank to provide food relief for Oklahomans who can’t provide enough food for themselves right now.
The Food Bank has offered regular drive-thru food distributions called Soup’s On this summer.
“We want to give people as much dignity as we can. Times are tough but we’re going to get through this together. That’s really what keeps us going.” -Jeff Marlow, Executive Chef