The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma received a $5,000 donation from a Tulsa faith-based group.
Ted Robertson, the founder of the Tulsa Christian Businessmen, decided to donate after seeing volunteers handing out meals on the local news. "They ran out of money and they needed food to feed their families and that touched me and I decided we needed to do something about that."
Robertson spoke with the rest of the Tulsa Christian Businessmen board members and decided to help out.
Lori Long, CEO of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, is concerned about the pandemic's long-term effect on their contributions and finances. Long says they had to delay their primary fundraising event last month and say it'll likely be canceled this year, with fall fundraisers looking like they'll be virtual.
Long says Robertson's donation is going to "Hunger-Free Summer," which is one of their programs within Food For Kids. It brings fresh, hot meals to kids at 78 different sites across the 24-county service area during the summer months.
The food bank's budget for its summer feeding program is $225,000. They're still finalizing the plan for this summer, including specific feeding sites, but say Robertson's donation helps.
Long says the food bank desperately need help to fund their ongoing programs and general operation needs.
To make a donation to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, click here.
For more about the Food For Kids program, click here