The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma serves 450 member agencies in 24 counties of Eastern Oklahoma, that's 40 percent of the state. Every week these agencies collectively feed more than 70,000 people. They are the front line of hunger-relief efforts in our communities. Examples of some of the programs the Food Bank serves include emergency shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, low-income child care centers and senior citizen programs, group homes and family service agencies.
To Become a Member Agency
To be eligible to receive product from the Food Bank, an organization must be a church or a private, nonprofit organization with 501 (c)(3) IRS status, and must be located within one of the 24 counties served by the Food Bank. The organization must be operating a program that feeds low-income people and does not charge for the food. Programs are divided into two types: pantry or on-site program. A pantry program provides grocery items to people to take home. An on-site program serves a snack and/or meal to people to eat at the organization's or church's physical location.
The participating agency is incorporated for the purpose of working with low-income, ill, needy or infants. Priority is given to programs providing emergency food for home use or on-site meals.
The agency distributes product without regard for age, sex, religion, race, national origin or disability.
A parent organization/agency must be in existence and established in the community for at least one year before its food program(s) can apply for Food Bank
membership. The food program must be on-going and, with the exception of Food for Kids Backpack or Kids' Cafe programs, be documented for at least three months prior to application. The Food Bank cannot be the agency's only source of food.
The agency is operating as a private, nonprofit agency with 501(c)(3) status or is an established church meeting the definitional requirements of the IRS.
The food assistance program cannot be located in a for-profit business or a private residence.
For more information about becoming a Member Agency, contact
Joanne Burdick, Director of Agency Relations
(918) 936-4513 or email@example.com