Tulsa's Salvation Army Food Supply Running Low After Winter Storm

Monday, February 7th 2011, 9:06 pm
By: News On 6

Lacie Lowry, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- While there's no shortage of bad weather for Green Country, food supplies at community kitchens are critically low.

The Salvation Army's Center of Hope homeless shelter is running out of food, with more mouths to feed during this week's storm. The shelter has served 40 percent more meals than it usually does since the storm began last Tuesday.

Now, this helpful organization is asking for help.

The Salvation Army serves meals to the needy three times a day, 365 days a year -- rain, shine, sleet or snow. But that last element is straining the food stockpile.

"It's really been packed out. It's been tremendous," Teressa Brown, Center of Hope Tenant, said.

Teressa Brown lives at the Center of Hope and says there's been a surge of people seeking food and shelter.

"It's a shelter from the storm, a place of refuge, a place of safety, where you can come in and get the resources you need," she said.

The center has had as many as 368 people staying overnight during this bad weather and is serving up to 1,300 meals a day right now. That's 200 more meals a day than they're used to serving.

"It's been an extreme, record-setting time for us," Ronn Glosson, Center of Hope Case Worker, said.

Ronn Glosson says the shelter always has enough food to feed the homeless for up to 10 days. Right now, the shelter has enough for seven days and that is much lower than workers are comfortable with since more severe weather is marching this way.

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"With the numbers being so high, it helps so much if the community is aware and if they are able to assist us in that," Glosson said.

On top of purchasing food, the center also gets food from the Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank to stock its shelves, but even that pantry has run out of supplies.

Donations may be the only way to get money immediately to buy more food.

"It's a good thing to bless the poor, it really is, because you never know when you might need help," Brown said.

You can help out the Salvation Army without ever leaving your house. You can donate by sending a text from your cell phone.  

To donate $10 to the Salvation Army, text the word "Tulsa" to 85944. Be sure and confirm your donation and it will come to the Tulsa Area Command.

Donations can also be made by going to http://www.salarmytulsa.blogspot.com/

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