In the summer of 2015, the Food Bank began an effort of outreach to the military veteran community, under-reported in hunger awareness surveys. 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, many veterans and their families face food insecurity. READ THIS OP-ED from 2020 that helps shed light on obstacles facing military veterans. 

CLICK HERE to support the Food Bank's Veterans Nutrition Fund established by former Reasor’s executive, and Food Bank employee, Steve Lehto.

“I watched the Food Bank deliver large quantities of food and hot meals to Oklahoma's veterans in need. I served in the Navy long ago and do not find myself in need, but feel a strong sense of having to ‘answer the call’ for my brothers and sisters.” -Steve Lehto

Food Bank partnerships and initiatives provide hunger relief to veterans in need.

The Food Bank provides hot lunches to Tulsa’s veterans at the Coffee Bunker (to protect the health and safety of the veteran community, the Coffee Bunker has temporarily suspended this program due to COVID precautions). Supported by veterans specific grants, the Coffee Bunker now has a walk-in pantry and attained status as a full Partner Agency of the Food Bank. Finally, the Food Bank makes Mobile Pantry deliveries to Disabled American Veterans (DAV) centers in Muskogee and Poteau; to the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center in Tahlequah and in South Coffeyville; the United Spanish War Veteran Colony near Wilburton in Latimer County; and with the help of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Claremore, Verdigris, and Henryetta.

For more information about veterans feeding initiatives contact Jim Lyall Veterans Outreach Coordinator, at 918-936-4514.