THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN BECOMING A PARTNER AGENCY WITH THE REGIONAL FOOD BANK OF OKLAHOMA! 

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, a member of the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, is one of two food banks in Oklahoma. We work to address not only the immediate needs of hungry Oklahomans, but also the underlying causes of hunger. We envision a hunger-free Oklahoma, where everyone has access to food, regardless of circumstance.​ The Regional Food Bank was founded in 1980 and works with more than 1,200 community-based partner agencies throughout 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma. 

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Partnership Criteria
Service Area
How to Apply
Nondiscrimination Policy 

Oklahoma is consistently among the top 10 hungriest states in the nation. Working together, we can make a difference. Ending hunger is a shared responsibility and will take many partners, organizations, and agencies working together. Collectively, we provide enough food to feed more than 136,000 Oklahomans every week! The majority of people served are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes, and hardworking families who cannot make ends meet. Join us in "Fighting Hunger... Feeding Hope."

WHY PARTNER WITH THE REGIONAL FOOD BANK?

  1. Network with hunger relief peers at Partner Agency Conference.
  2. There is no fee to become a partner agency.
  3. Food available at low handling fees.
  4. Choose the items you want.
  5. Reliable quality & variety.
  6. Produce, bread & community food drive items at no cost.
  7. Food safety standards and resources.

PARTNERSHIP CRITERIA

  • Must be an IRS recognized 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization or have an official partnership with a faith‐based organization
  • Must ensure that clients are treated with respect and dignity
  • Must not require or imply that clients undergo any type of activity to receive food assistance (ex: register for employment, religious practice, or counseling) - see Nondiscrimination Policy below
  • Must not charge for food, be reimbursed, compensated, or require services in exchange for food
  • Must order a minimum of 600lbs (this can range anywhere from half a pallet and up, depending on the weight of the items)
  • Must have adequate storage for food. Food storage and food preparation must be at a commercial location not in a residence
  • Must make all necessary arrangements for transporting food and other products to the premises of the organization from the delivery drop‐site set by the Regional Food Bank
  • Must have ability and willingness to access and submit reports and orders via the internet
  • Must provide documentation of operational budget
  • Must place an order with the Regional Food Bank at least once every 6 months
  • Must be located and provide service within the Regional Food Bank's 53-county service area. 

REGIONAL FOOD BANK OF OKLAHOMA SERVICE AREA MAP

The counties shown above in orange are served by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The counties shown in gray are served by the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

HOW TO APPLY FOR PARTNERSHIP

To start the application process, please download the Agency Application Packet. Once you have completed the application and gathered all the necessary documents please email everything to PartnerSupport@rfbo.org. Your application must be completed and all documents included for the application review process to begin.

The Regional Food Bank receives many requests for partnership each month and we cannot guarantee that every applicant will be accepted as a partner agency. The approval process can take 6‐8 weeks beginning from the time the Regional Food Bank receives your application. Please know that submission of this application does not guarantee partnership.

 

Steps of Approval Process

Step 1- Submit Application

                Once you have submitted your application you will receive a confirmation email letting you know we have received it and will reach back out once the Food for Families team has reviewed it.

Step 2- Approval and On-Site Visit

                If your application has been approved, a Community Connections Manager will reach out and schedule an on-site visit to the distribution location.

Step 3- Signing Agreements

                After the on-site review, your CCM will email you the Partnership documents for your agency director to review, sign and return.

Step 4- Orientation

                Orientations will be scheduled at the Regional Food Bank. We will talk about Civil Rights/ Food Safety, Client Power Dynamics, Ordering and shipping product.

Step 5- Activation!

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

Partner agencies may not deny anyone access to food products based on race, color, citizenship, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, family or parental status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran, or political viewpoints and other ideologies.