Response to COVID-19 as of JuLY 13, 2020


July 13 5 p.m. update

Meals on Wheels Oklahoma City partnered with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma on Saturday, July 11 to distribute emergency food boxes to homebound seniors.

Volunteers helped to distribute the 725 boxes to low-income, homebound seniors across the Oklahoma City metro area. The emergency food boxes contain about 30 pounds of shelf-stable foods such as canned vegetables and soups, canned meats and sauces, pasta and juice.

Meals on Wheels Oklahoma City is a program of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. 

"We are so grateful for this partnership with St. Luke’s United Methodist Church,” said Deb Bunting, interim CEO of the Regional Food Bank. “Their hard work ensures that some of the metro’s most vulnerable residents know where their next meals will come from.” 

Food assistance remains available at more than 300 Regional Food Bank partners across central and western Oklahoma. Visit rfbo.org/get-help to find a pantry in your area. 

The Regional Food Bank also offers SNAP application assistance. Visit rfbo.org/SNAP to learn more. 

 

JULY 10 4 P.M. UPDATE

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma worked with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) this past week to provide information and food assistance to fellow Oklahomans filing unemployment claims.

During the week of July 6, the OESC held four high-volume processing events at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City to help accommodate the increasing number of people filing for unemployment. The Regional Food Bank worked with OESC to be on site to provide information about SNAP enrollment and access to partner agencies in central and western Oklahoma. On Wednesday and Thursday, the Regional Food Bank held a drive-through food distribution event on the campus of Rose State College.

“Rose State College has always been a strong partner of ours and we are so appreciative of their willingness to let us set up at the Center for Success, Inclusion and Diversity on campus,” said Deb Bunting, interim CEO of the Regional Food Bank. “This two-day event allowed us to provide food to those taking part in the OESC event and as well as other households in need of food assistance.”

Over the two-day food distribution, the Regional Food Bank served a total of 779 households representing 2,739 individuals. Each household received about 35 pounds of food including frozen chicken, fresh bread and shelf-stable items including canned vegetables, pasta and canned meats.

People in need of food assistance should call 405-972-1111 or visit rfbo.org/get-help.