The Food Bank Response to School Closures

With schools heading back into session, we wanted to thank everyone who helped support our students. The community in eastern Oklahoma made a concerted effort, with a great many agencies, businesses, organizations, and individuals working together for our children.

You enabled the Food Bank to play a critical role in all of this. With your volunteerism, food and monetary donations, the Food Bank helped make sure that time away from school and school meals didn’t mean time away from nutrition for many students who depend on school meals.

Rest assured any unused donated food or funds will go directly into our Children's Summer Feeding Program that will begin in just a few weeks.

Thanks to you the Food Bank was able to:

“This is so helpful. If the truck weren’t here I would have to catch a bus to get food. It would take most of the day.” –Crystal

Serve nearly 9,000 hot meals to children from our Mobile Eatery food trucks. The trucks concentrated on low-income areas with a high density of children. This model allows recipients to take meals back to their homes to be eaten, and requires no transportation to the site.

In an expansion of the Backpack program, the Food Bank provided additional full-size grocery items and produce to students in Union and Owasso Public Schools  already in the Backpack program.

The Food Bank coordinated with middle and high school pantries throughout our service area to make sure they had plenty of food to distribute to students on the Friday before the proposed closure date.

Thousands of grab-and-go meals and meal kits were distributed to partners during the closure.

Pop-up markets went to identified locations whose needs were not fully met by other programs. The markets offered bakery, shelf stable food, and produce at no charge.

The Food Bank offered partners in non-metro areas to make an “emergency" conversion to serve onsite meals during the closure. In addition, several sites were provided with addition shelf-stable food, as well as grab-and-go meal kits.

And on the Friday before most schools were set to go back into session, the Food Bank sent 125 weekend bags of food to the girls in this Girl Scout day camp.

The Food Bank works hard all year to provide meals to people who are struggling with food insecurity. Thank you again for allowing us to act nimbly and substantially in partnership with many other organizations including the Tulsa Area United Way coalition, which comprised Hunger Free Oklahoma, Tulsa Public Schools, Union Public Schools and many others. Together we were able to replace missed meals provided by schools to children in need.

If you have any questions about the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma or about your online donation, please contact us