(OKLAHOMA CITY) – May 27, 2020 - The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide emergency food boxes to individuals who test for COVID-19 at health departments in 28 Oklahoma counties.
Through the USDA's Disaster Household Distributions, the Regional Food Bank provides the boxes full of shelf-stable, non-perishable food to individuals being tested for COVID-19 who state they are food insecure. Over the last 30 days, emergency food boxes have been provided to more than 4,880 individuals.
"This partnership is very integral to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Deb Bunting, interim CEO of the Regional Food Bank. “Not only does it get much-needed food to Oklahomans who are suffering from food insecurity, it works to limit potential spread of the virus."
During the testing process, individuals are asked screening questions to determine if they need food assistance. Individuals are provided enough food to help feed their families for two weeks.
Thanks to an extension from the USDA, the program will continue at testing sites through the end of June. For more information about the program, please reach out to your county health department.
Health departments in the following counties offer emergency food boxes during COVID-19 testing:
Founded in 1980, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief nonprofit, serving 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma. The Regional Food Bank works with more than 1,300 community-based partner agencies to provide food assistance to chronically hungry children, seniors living on limited incomes and hardworking families struggling to make ends meet. Each week, the Regional Food Bank distributes 1 million pounds of food including fresh produce.
The Regional Food Bank is a food-delivery model food bank. Our service area covers 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma, a 48,000-square-mile region. Partner agencies access an online ordering system to order needed food and the Regional Food Bank delivers the orders based upon a pre-established delivery schedule.