The City of Tulsa will kick-off its 10th Annual Stock the Station Food Drive on Monday, Nov. 9 that will help Tulsans in need this holiday season. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic – this year’s food drive will be held virtually.
Instead of dropping off non-perishable food items at City facilities, residents can make a monetary donation to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
Donations can be made by going to bit.ly/StocktheStation. Citizens can click the “Give Now” button then select the amount you would like to donate. The Community Food Bank can turn $1 into four meals for Tulsa families. Through the end of the year, the George Kaiser Family Foundation will match donations to the Food Bank up to $150,000.
Feeding America projects that because of the pandemic, one in five Oklahomans will experience food insecurity and one in three children will likely go to bed hungry.
“The devastating health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have hit so many of our friends and neighbors. We are seeing many more Tulsans in need of food assistance this year, and many are seeking help for the first time,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “The team at the City and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma have gone above and beyond to coordinate this online alternative and I want to thank our community for the continued support year after year by providing meals for Tulsa families in need.”
Since March, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma has consistently distributed 35% more food than they did last year during the same time.
“This annual drive the City of Tulsa puts together demonstrates that we all have to work together to help our neighbors struggling with food insecurity this time of the year,” said Lori Long, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. “We appreciate the leadership of Mayor Bynum and the support from Tulsa’s Police and Fire Departments. Their flexibility to overcome obstacles in this year of great challenge will brighten so many family holidays.”
The money raised during the Stock the Station Food Drive will help buy food for the 111 Partner Programs located in Tulsa proper.
We need your help to spread the word about the city’s annual food drive! Please share the Station Food Drive Video created by the City of Tulsa.