The City of Tulsa’s annual “Stock the Station” food drive raised $4,746 for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma this year, which help provide roughly 19,000 meals to the Tulsa area.
This was the 10th year for the food drive, but the first time it was held online. In years past, citizens were encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items at City of Tulsa fire stations and police divisions but due to the pandemic, participants were encouraged to make monetary donations online.
“I want to thank the team at the City and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma for creating this online opportunity to help Tulsans in need,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “This is why Tulsa is known as one of the most giving cities in the country.”
It’s been a busy year for the Food Bank. Since March, the charity has consistently distributed 35 percent more food than they did last year during the same time.
“The Food Bank is thrilled with the results of the City of Tulsa’s annual drive,” said Lori Long, CEO of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. “Under Mayor Bynum’s leadership, the community pulled together as Tulsans do when their neighbors are hurting. Switching over to an online giving drive was an unknown for the City and for us. As a result of the support from Stock the Station and a generous matching gift from the George Kaiser Family Foundation, Tulsans will provide an incredible 19,000 meals for our neighbors who struggle to get enough to eat.”