In the summer of 2015, the Food Bank began an effort of outreach to a segment of our community that was under-reported in hunger awareness surveys, namely veterans. While statistics indicate that veterans live in 18% of the households the Food Bank serves, there are likely many more veterans facing food insecurity in Oklahoma.
For a multitude of reasons, hunger affects veterans disproportionately than the general population. With 110,000 military veterans living in the Food Bank’s service area alone, there are likely many more veterans facing food insecurity in Oklahoma. Food Bank partnerships and initiatives provide hunger relief to veterans in need.
The Food Bank currently provides hot lunches to Tulsa’s veterans at the Coffee Bunker and the Tulsa Vet Center. Food is supplied to Supportive Services for Veteran Families, a housing first initiative, for food starter kits. Finally, the Food Bank makes mobile pantry deliveries to Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V.) centers in Claremore, Muskogee, and Poteau, as well as to the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center and the United Spanish War Veteran Colony near Wilburton in Latimer County.
To support the Food Bank's veterans' initiatives please make your donation to the Veteran's Nutrition Fund.
For more information about veterans feeding initiatives contact Jim Lyall Manager of Veterans Outreach, at 918-936-4514.