Craig Day, News On 6
UNDATED -- Oklahoma ranks near the top in the nation for food insecurity. It's basically where people may have to choose between paying the electric bill or using the money for groceries.
A Tulsa delivery service called "You Buy We Fly," is now delivering a difference with "You Need We Feed."
With their delivery service going well, Justin and Lauren Orcutt feel blessed. They want to share those blessings.
"I grew up very poor, so I know what it's like to go without," Justin Orcutt said.
They started a charitable effort with their small business. Now "You Buy, We Fly" is also "You Need, We Feed." Basically, they'll stop by anywhere to pick up food since they're already on the road, and deliver it to people in need for free.
"It just seems like common sense," Lauren said.
It started with the idea of getting food from local restaurants that was going to be thrown out anyway, and deliver it to the hungry. Within just days, momentum was building beyond restaurants.
"Just goes to show you that Oklahoma is a state of character," Justin said.
Lauren Cleary, a mother of two, made 30 sack lunches and called "You Need, We Feed" to pick them up.
"It was really simple and it didn't cost anything," Cleary said. "It cost the same amount as taking our family out to eat."
The Orcutt's say the pickup can be scheduled or spur of the moment. They'll figure out how to make it happen.
"Problems like hunger in a country like America are just unacceptable," Justin said.
Cleary's sack lunches ended up at John 3:16 Mission in Tulsa.
"When somebody jumps in with an entrepreneurial, sacrificial idea, when they're willing to come 24/7 to meet a need, it really makes a difference to me, because sometimes we feel alone in what we're doing," said Reverend Steve Whitaker.
It's a simple idea, but could become an enormous difference maker, one hungry person, one donation, one meal, at a time.
"All they need is a little boost," Lauren said.
"It's not a social issue; it's not a political issue. It's a humanity issue," Justin said.