Community Food Bank Holding Tuesday All Day Food Drive
TULSA, Oklahoma - As the teacher walkout continues, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma needs the public's help to make sure no kids go hungry.
Tuesday, it held a food drive until 7 p.m. at their location at 1304 North Kenosha.
With big smiles, and even bigger hearts, Mary and Ron Grecco, along with many others, dropped off boxes full of food for a special drive at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
“We try to help whenever we can,” Mary said. “Want to make sure the kids are taken care of…It chokes me up because…we don't want people to go hungry.”
All non-perishable donations are welcome and will go toward feeding children.
The food bank's executive director, Eileen Bradshaw, said, in just the past week, they've served thousands of Tulsa-area students.
"All of the worry and concern that we we had about kids not being able to eat was real. That families are trying really hard, but when you have children and they're getting two meals a day at school and you take that away quickly that they need help the families needs help to feed the kids," she said.
The food bank is serving children through food trucks, pop-up markets and grab-and-go meals, which went fast last week.
“That was really surprising to us. We put out enough the first week that we thought it would last at least two to three weeks, and, by Wednesday of the first week we were getting calls for more.
And people like the Greccos are meeting that need by helping get food to our kids.
“We have a real need for taking care of each other,” Mary Grecco said.
The Food Bank says there is a real need for things like peanut butter, canned meat and fruit, juice boxes, rice, pasta and cereal.