The City of Tulsa will kick-off its 7th Annual Stock the Station Food Drive on Monday, Dec. 18 that will help Tulsans in need this holiday season.
Residents can drop-off non-perishable food items to any Tulsa Fire Station, Tulsa Police Station, Tulsa City-County Regional Library or City Hall from Dec. 18 - Dec. 29.
In a new twist this year, Mayor G.T. Bynum and Tulsa City Councilors are making it even easier to donate by hosting a drive-thru food donation event on Mon., Dec. 18, 3 p.m. at Fire Station 28, 7310 E. 71st St. Citizens can simply drive through the fire station lane and drop-off food items without getting out of their car.
“Tulsa is such a generous community and I hope citizens will join us in helping our fellow Tulsans this holiday season,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “I especially want to thank Councilor Karen Gilbert and our public safety departments for coordinating a food drive that will positively impact our city.”
“Unfortunately, many children will go to bed hungry tonight and that is something we have to address as a community,” Councilor Gilbert said. “We encourage Tulsans to help your fellow neighbor this December by donating food to the citywide food drive.”
The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma will be the recipient of food and donations collected by the food drive and will be able to deliver goods to 135 Partner Programs located in Tulsa proper.
Donations will also be accepted by visiting www.okfoodbank.org. Citizens can click the “Donate Now” button then select Stock the Station from the drop-down menu so funds will be earmarked for the citywide food drive.
The Community Food Bank can turn $1 into four meals for Tulsa families. This year, donations to the citywide food drive may be matched by the George Kaiser Family Foundation up to $150,000.
Items needed for the food drive include canned meats, canned fruits, canned and boxed meals, such as soup, macaroni and cheese, baby cereal and formula, peanut butter, jelly, canned or dried beans and peas, 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed), pasta, rice and cereal.
The Food Bank cannot accept food that is homemade, home-canned, previously opened or un-unlabeled. 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 Other items that will not be accepted include: perishable foods, alcohol, medicine, sodas, rusty and dented cans or outdated products.