The City of Tulsa will kick-off its 13th Annual Stock the Station Food Drive on Monday, Nov. 20, to help Tulsans in need this holiday season.
Residents can drop off non-perishable food items at any Tulsa Fire station, Tulsa Police station (8 a.m.-4 p.m.), and at City of Tulsa Municipal Court (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) from Nov. 20 - Dec. 22.
All donations will help stock Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma's food pantry and market. This year, The Market at Catholic Charities has seen a 30% increase in the number of families coming for food assistance. Each month, families choose an average of 250,000 pounds of food at The Market, with more than 2.5 million pounds of food collected in 2023.
“I hope that Tulsa residents will join us this holiday season to collect non-perishable food items to help our neighbors who are struggling with hunger,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “These donations can have a significant impact on those who need help getting food during the holidays and allow Catholic Charities to feed as many families as possible. I want to thank the team at the City and Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma for this partnership that provides much-needed meals to Tulsa families.”
Items needed include canned meats, canned fruits, boxed meals and packaged dry goods such as soup, macaroni and cheese, baby cereal and formula, peanut butter, jelly, canned or dried beans and peas, 100% fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed), pasta, rice and cereal.
“As the largest provider of food to individuals in need in Oklahoma, Catholic Charities helps anyone who comes to our door hungry. We work with the community to resource and provide nutritious food at The Market at Catholic Charities on North Harvard, and many other facilities-based and mobile food drop sites,” said Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma CEO Deacon Kevin Sartorius. “Every donation gives help and hope at a time when Eastern Oklahoma children lead the nation in food insecurity. We thank Mayor Bynum and the City of Tulsa for their leadership and support in our mission.”
Catholic Charities cannot accept food that is homemade, home-canned, previously opened, or un-labeled. Products must be in their original packaging. Other items that will not be accepted include perishable foods, alcohol, medicine, sodas, rusty and dented cans, or outdated products.
Donations will also be accepted online at https://www.cceok.org/stockthestation.