Senior Mobile Pantry Brings Smiles

Ever wonder what a Senior Mobile Pantry looks like? Here are some pictures from a recent pantry to give you an idea:

Setting up tables starts the process.

Then volunteers prepare the food for distribution. Here we are sacking meat and produce for today’s pantry.

Check out the selections for today. Thanks to many generous donors, each resident will receive meat, produce, bread and a sack of non-perishables. All will be well received and much needed!

Residents start lining up before we even get to the site. These pantries help to close the food gap for many seniors who are food insecure. Many can’t afford to pay for prescription medications and food all in the same month, so they try to get by without much food. That’s where the Senior Mobile Pantry really helps.

Residents get to select their own produce and bread items after they receive their sacks of meat and non-perishables. Giving them the choice provides them with more of a “shopping” experience, which they truly appreciate.

Smiles are typically the end result at a Senior Mobile Pantry – both for volunteers and for residents. For many of our seniors, the mobile pantry gives them an opportunity to get out and socialize with other residents, which is an added benefit to the program.

Want to add your smile to the mix? Contact me at 405-600-3151 or at rabernathy@regionalfoodbank.org to volunteer at a Senior Mobile Pantry.

Ryan Abernathy

Ryan Abernathy

Ryan Abernathy is the Program Coordinator for Senior Feeding, DHS Pantry Box, CSFP, and Care & Share for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Theological Seminary. Ryan is married and has three beautiful daughters.
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Thank You!

Because of your generosity, in Fiscal Year 2009, the Regional Food Bank:

  • Distributed more than 28.5 million pounds of food to those in need – a 15% increase over the previous year.
  • Served nearly 8,000 chronically hungry elementary school children in 263 schools in 38 counties through our Food 4 Kids backpack program.
  • Expanded the Summer Feeding program to 45 sites, including rural Oklahoma.
  • Provided a safe haven and an afternoon snack or meal for more than 850 children through our Kids Cafe sites.
  • Increased the Senior Feeding program to 30 sites.
  • Delivered food throughout the Regional Food Bank’s service area via the Regional Delivery System, making approximately 1,000 deliveries per month to nearly 350 delivery sites in urban and rural Oklahoma at no cost to our partner agencies.
  • Initiated the Walmart Supercenter and Neighborhood Market Product Recovery Program in late January, with 53 authorized Walmart locations – resulting in more than two million pounds of food collected and distributed.
  • Completed fundraising and construction of our Building Expansion – Volunteer Center, adding 36,600 square feet of additional freezer, dry storage and volunteer work space.
  • Welcomed thousands of volunteers who contributed over 47,000 hours of service – saving the Regional Food Bank more than $900,000 in labor costs.
  • Provided enough food to feed more than 63,600 hungry Oklahomans each week.
  • Kept our administrative and fundraising costs below 5%.

Rodney Bivens

Rodney Bivens

Rodney Bivens is the Executive Director of the Regional Food Bank. He founded the organization in 1980.
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