The City of Tulsa’s annual “Stock the Station” Food Drive raised $1,369.50 for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma this year, which will help provide roughly 5,478 meals to the Tulsa area.
“I would like to thank the team at the city and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma for once again providing this online opportunity to help Tulsans in need,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “The money raised during this virtual drive will go to families right here in our community. They will eat better and have one less worry during the holiday season.”
In 2020, the Food Bank distributed 3.7 million more pounds of food annually since the last pre-pandemic year. The Food Bank currently provides access to the equivalent of 525,000 meals per week for Oklahomans experiencing food insecurity.
“The Food Bank would like to thank Mayor Bynum for his commitment and leadership on this annual drive to benefit Tulsans facing food insecurity,” said Jeff Marlow, Deputy CEO and Chief Culinary Officer for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. “The backing from the City of Tulsa, Police, and Fire Departments is amazing and shows when we all pull together great things happen. With your great support, as long as hunger exists, the Food Bank and our network stand ready to serve the community.”
In years past, citizens were encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items at City of Tulsa fire stations and police divisions. Due to the pandemic, participants were encouraged to make monetary donations online in 2020 and 2021.