Community Foodbank Of Eastern Oklahoma Hosts Drive-Thru Food Pantry

Thursday, September 16th 2021, 10:44 am
By: Meredith McCown

TULSA, Oklahoma -

Hundreds of people will have food on the table, thanks to a drive-thru food pantry on Thursday.

Numbers from 2019 show one in seven Oklahomans don't have access to enough quality food.

Jenny Berry with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma said the pandemic has worsened the problem.

Each car got a box filled with items for the shelf like rice and peanut butter, along with fresh produce like onions and watermelon. It's all part of a month-long effort to raise awareness about hunger.

Hunger Action Month is a national campaign that gives people ways to take action each day. A few ideas include volunteering, donating, hosting a fund and food drive, or calling state and local representatives.

Berry said anyone can play a role in the fight against hunger and anything makes a difference.

One man who came through the line said money is tight, so anything to lower the grocery bill helps.

"I think it's wonderful. There are people that are worse off than I am and so my heart goes out to them, and I know that they truly benefit from it, I do,” he said.

"We have been so fortunate to have a community here in Oklahoma who wants to help and really wants to step up and support their neighbors, and give them a hand when they can,” Berry said.

Another way to help is through Tulsa Restaurant Week, which goes on until Sunday.

It's a partnership with the Community Food Bank where you can support local businesses, get good deals at a variety of restaurants and it includes a donation to the food bank.