Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the funding come from?
The Regional Food Bank receives donations from individuals, corporations and foundations (grants).
Where does the food come from?
Food product is donated by individuals and corporations through food drives; from local grocers and retailers; and from national manufacturers. Approximately 18% of the food distributed to member agencies is purchased product as a result of declining national food donations.
Does the Regional Food Bank sell product to other companies?
No, the Regional Food Bank does not sell product to other companies.
Does the Regional Food Bank purchase product?
Yes, there is a percentage of the overall distribution that comes from a purchase program. The Regional Food Bank is able to negotiate the best prices because of the volume purchased. The purchased items are products that partner agencies request and that are not typically donated. Purchased items may include: peanut butter, soups, and much needed personal hygiene items.
What types of product does the Regional Food Bank purchase?
The Regional Food Bank purchases many items to supplement donated food and products. Most of these items are rarely, if ever, donated. The items included in our Food for Kids Backpack Program sacks are all purchased so that we can maintain the integrity, consistency and nutritional content of the sacks. Items vary from time to time, based upon availability and price, but might include things such as: peanut butter, aseptic milk (shelf stable milk) and fruit cups. The Food Bank also handles food purchasing for a group of smaller food banks in Kansas, Texas and New Mexico. These food banks pool their resources and purchase in bulk and then share the order. Note: no local donations are used for food bank purchases outside the state. Historical data drives our food purchases based upon demand from our partner agencies; program needs; opportunity buys and seasonal needs.
How does the Regional Food Bank provide 5 meals for every dollar donated?
Product is donated from individuals and corporations during our Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive (in the spring) and Students Against Hunger Food Drive (in the fall), as well as local grocers and retailers. This donated product is a key element in keeping costs so low. As a member of Feeding America – the Nation's network of Food Banks – the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma receives national product donations which are then distributed to over 450 partner agencies in central and western Oklahoma.
The operating cost is also kept so low is because of the large number of volunteers that work at the Regional Food Bank. The amount of money that the Regional Food Bank would have to pay for the work done by volunteers would drive up the cost of operation significantly. Last year, volunteers saved the non-profit $2 million in labor!
Does any of the food go outside of the state?
All local donations stay in Oklahoma to help Oklahomans in need. The Regional Food Bank receives nationally donated food from Feeding America - The Nation's Food Bank Network - which is then repackaged and shared with our affiliate Food Banks in surrounding states, which include Kansas, Texas, and New Mexico.
Does the Regional Food Bank receive food from the government?
The Regional Food Bank contracts with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to distribute USDA Commodities to charitable feeding programs conducted by eligible member agencies.
Does the Regional Food Bank receive government funding?
The Regional Food Bank is a private non-profit organization funded primarily by private donations. It does receive some reimbursement for our costs for USDA food distributed and summer meals served to children through government contracts.