• Aug2021

    First Baptist Church in Okmulgee has participated in the Backpack Program for years. Their program was like many others, filling sacks with kid-friendly foods and dropping them off at schools on Friday. Two years ago they finally realized a dream of Holly Barris, the program coordinator, and began offering choices to the...

  • Jul2021

    Megan Evans jokes she was “voluntold” about her new position as director for Northstar Storehouse in Pryor. She had a one-year old, along with two older boys at the time. When she started in January of 2018, Northstar was open two days a week and serving about 15-20 families each...

  • Apr2021

    Hunger Never Retires

    April 13, 2021

    For many people, food relief can get them through a crisis until they regain stable footing. For others, chronic conditions mean they need ongoing help. Many brave men and women from the armed forces face circumstances they can't manage alone. Likewise, so many seniors confront health and mobility issues. While...

  • Feb2021

    Can We Get That Recipe?

    February 24, 2021

      The pandemic has been a disaster for so many families, it has stressed our societal systems, and disrupted daily life. The Food Bank adjusted to keep pace. With the Partner Agencies in our food network who work on the ground every day, we provide access to food for eastern...

  • Jan2021

    The Food Bank works with many hardworking, passionate Partner Agencies who participate in our network fighting hunger daily throughout eastern Oklahoma. The Bread of Life Pantry in Tahlequah, a long-time partner of the Food Bank, has been holding regular drive-thru food distributions since the COVID-19 pandemic began. At the beginning...

  • Aug2020

    Children receive food from the Afton Housing Authority Afton, like many rural Oklahoma towns, has clear age lines, visible signs of decay. As local economies evolved from small towns toward urban centers, the hollowed-out remnants of small-town buildings that have ceased to operate, linger as a visible reminder of past...

  • Jun2020

    Langley, Oklahoma sits at the mouth of Grand Lake, and is the gateway to the longest multi-arch dam in the world. In contrast, according to librarian and summer feeding coordinator, Jeanie Norman, the Langley Public Library is one of the smallest in the state. It serves a little town whose...

  • Apr2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is difficult for everyone. Located in Tulsa, and operating with a greatly reduced volunteer staff, Lori Lewis Dryer from the People’s Pantry, a Partner Agency of the Food Bank, felt fortunate to receive disaster relief boxes to help provide food for the increase in clients. As one...

  • Feb2020

      A devout Catholic who knows her saints, Elizabeth grew up wanting to teach, she also wanted to be a saint. Elizabeth Finck came from a line of people who gave generously to those in need. She notes the way to get to heaven is determined by how one treats...

  •   Some families seem to endure more hardship than others, and each person handles trauma to the best of their ability. Stephanie’s husband was killed when her daughter was just four years old. Since then, she has lived with her parents while raising her daughter. The four of them live...