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.
While the Food Bank has always worked hard to ensure plenty of food goes out to our Partner Agencies for their clients, the increase in distribution in the last few months was record breaking. The Food Bank provided the equivalent of 2.7 million more meals to people in need compared to last year, a 34 percent increase.
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
With no plans of slowing down, the Food Bank will continue to respond quickly and meet the increased need for food assistance. We appreciate the continued, generous support from the community in helping fight hunger and feed hope in eastern Oklahoma.
You Can Also Advocate
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is America’s first line of defense against hunger. Increasing benefits during this pandemic will help children, seniors, and those with disabilites who make up 2 out of 3 people receiving SNAP benefits. For every bag of groceries food banks can deliver, SNAP can provide 9.
But there’s more too. For information, go to our advocacy page.
Need Food Assistance?
If you need extra assistance, please click on the Get Help button at the top of this page. It includes provides a variety of to find help close to home or to connect with our team.
We want to thank everyone who cares to step forward and help fight food insecurity. However, to minimize risk with the steady increase of COVID-19 cases, only limited volunteer work will continue at the Food Bank for specific projects. For those who want to offer their time and talent, Please go to our volunteer page. We will update volunteer opportunities as health and safety standards allow.
For volunteer engagement, best safe practices are in place for safe physical distancing, cleanliness, and sanitary conditions. We request that volunteers who have them to please bring face masks.
We require all volunteers to schedule their session. Please go to our volunteer page to register. We accept volunteers over the age of 16. We recommend that volunteers 60 and older use caution.