Together with our Partner Agencies, the Food Bank distributes more than 450,000 meals each week across our 24 county service area. These programs include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs and senior citizen centers.
Partner Agencies can order food through the Food Bank’s online ordering system. Agencies that are located within 35 miles of Tulsa can pick up their orders at our Tulsa location. Programs that are further than 35 miles from our warehouse can pick up their orders at one of our Rural Delivery Service drop-off sites. These sites include Antlers, Bartlesville, Broken Bow, Grove, Hugo, Miami, Muskogee, Poteau, Sallisaw, Tahlequah and Vinita.
The Food Bank opened a branch in McAlester in August, 2012 after many years of planning. For the Partner Agencies in southeast Oklahoma traveling to the Tulsa distribution center posed geographic challenges. By reducing the time and costs our partners spend to pick up food, this new facility enables our programs to reallocate resources for providing food to those in their community struggling with hunger. Proximity to the McAlester branch also enables our Partner Agencies to distribute more perishable fresh produce, meats and bakery items.
Purchased and Staple Food Program
This program provides food to our Partner Agencies that is not typically donated by food donors or through food drives. This food includes peanut butter, protein and cereal. During last fiscal year, we were able to purchase and distribute more than two million pounds of nutritious food through this program.
The Produce Project distributes fresh fruits and vegetables to our Partner Agencies. Access to fresh produce is often limited by grocery store access and budget restrictions for low income individuals. 41 percent of the food distributed by the Food Bank is fresh produce. For more information, contact Ken Bacon at 918-936-4522 or email@example.com.
USDA Commodities Program
Enables us to distribute food to our Partner Agencies through a contract with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. During the last fiscal year, we distributed almost four million pounds of commodities to the hungry in eastern Oklahoma.
In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. If you believe you have been discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. 20250. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Prepared and Perishable Food Program
The Food Bank can distribute valuable prepared and perishable food to the hungry that would otherwise be discarded. This excess prepared and perishable food is picked up from restaurants, super markets, hotels, cafeterias and caterers. The food may include fresh meat, dairy products, produce and prepared food. For more information, contact Ken Bacon at 918-936-4522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Value-Added Processing Program
To help extend the shelf life of perishable food, the Food Bank’s Culinary Center can process food items into meals that can be frozen or served hot, distributed in our direct feeding programs utilizing our Mobile Eatery food trucks, or through community partnerships. Over-ripe tomatoes may become pasta sauce, a restaurant’s extra rice may go into a soup, or a grocery store’s left over rotisserie chickens may be used in an entrée. Less than 5 percent of our perishable donations go to waste because of this program. For more information, contact Jeremy Johnson at 918-936-4529 or email@example.com.
Disaster Relief Program
The Food Bank can respond quickly during a disaster. Whether the need is brought about by an ice storm, a tornado or a wildfire, the Food Bank works with relief agencies on the ground to make sure victims and aid workers have food to eat.