3 simple ways you can help the Food Bank

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is responding to the recent natural disasters Oklahoma has faced in the past month. Here's how to help.


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Courtesy OK Food Bank

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is responding in multiple ways to the recent natural disasters Oklahoma has faced in the past month. To give back to your community in the wake of recent flooding and any other day, here are 3 practical ways you can help:

 

1. Give back on your next grocery run

Reasor’s Foods has created a register drive in-store between June 1-14. The drive will consist of monetary donations given by customers during checkout or anyone interested in donating. This drive will benefit the Community Food Bank and its partner agencies to support victims of the recent flooding in eastern Oklahoma. Between now and Friday, June 14th, all are welcome to stop by any Reasor’s location to donate what they can.

 

2. Volunteer your time

The Community Food Bank needs volunteers. In 2018, volunteers contributed over 68 thousand hours of work and saved the Food Bank $1.5 million in operating costs, according to its website. Currently, there are five opportunities to volunteer at the Food Bank.

Hunger-Free Summer: Duties include preparing and assembling meals for children who lack proper food availability at home while school is out for the summer.

Volunteer Center: Duties include sorting, inspecting, weighing, packaging and labeling food for distribution.

Food for Kids Program: Duties include packing backpacks for The Food Bank’s Backpack Program, distributing at Free Family Farmers Markets, coordinating school pantries or working on the Food Bank’s Mobile Eatery food truck.

Garden and Growtainers: Duties include planting, harvesting and maintaining the Food Bank’s onsite garden and hydroponic growtainers.

Special Events: Volunteers are needed year-round for all special events hosted by the Food Bank. Duties include serving, greeting and general event support.

 

3. Donate needed food items

The Food Bank is currently in need of food donations. Hosting a food drive and encouraging friends, family and coworkers to donate will make a huge difference in the community and to victims of the recent flooding and tornadoes. The Food Bank has compiled a list of the most needed items:

Peanut Butter

Canned fruit, entrees and meats

Grain items

Boxed meals

Pasta sauce

 

 

With locations in both Tulsa and McAlester, The Community Food Bank has been able to establish over 720 programs, 360 partners and serve 24 counties in Oklahoma since 1981.

For more information or to donate, visit okfoodbank.org or text “disaster” to 243725.

 

 

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