The City of Tulsa will kick-off its 12th Annual Stock the Station Food Drive on Monday, Nov. 7, to help Tulsans in need this holiday season.
Residents can drop off non-perishable food items to any Tulsa Fire station, Tulsa Police station, and Tulsa City-County Regional Library from Nov. 7 - Dec. 9.
The 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 100 Partner Programs located in Tulsa.
“Please join us as we carry out this important work this holiday season by donating non-perishable food items or making a monetary donation to help our neighbors who are struggling with hunger,” Mayor Bynum said. “I want to thank the team at the City and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma for this partnership that provides much-needed meals to Tulsa families.”
Items needed for the food drive 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 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed), pasta, rice and cereal.
“We appreciate the steadfast leadership from Mayor Bynum and the continuous support of our Police and Fire Departments in helping address the food insecurity issue our community faces. The Stock the Station campaign not only helps feed families in Tulsa, but it also serves as a reminder that the issue of food-insecurity continues to grow,” President & CEO of the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Calvin A. Moore said. “Oklahoma ranks 4th in the nation in food-insecurity and the U.S.D.A. projects that eastern Oklahoma soon will have the nation’s highest rate of food insecurity for children.”
“Currently, we are expanding and updating Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s building to increase our delivery capacity to 200 million pounds of food per year across our 24-county service area,” Moore added. “No one should have to choose between eating a meal and paying for housing, medicine, or other basic needs. With the support of our community and local leadership, we can ensure children, families, veterans, and seniors have access to healthy and nutritious foods.”
The Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma 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 Other items that will not be accepted include perishable foods, alcohol, medicine, sodas, rusty and dented cans, or outdated products.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://donate.okfoodbank.org/stockthestation. Online donations will be earmarked for the citywide food drive.
The Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma can turn $1 into four meals for Tulsa families where one in four children in Oklahoma is struggling with hunger.
The City is asking for the community’s help to spread the word about this annual event. The best way to spread the word is by sharing the City’s Stock the Station Food Drive video.