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Become An Agency

The Regional Food Bank collaborates with a network of more than 450 organizations and churches to distribute food to hungry people.  At this time, we are seeking partners in key counties where additional food distribution is needed: Beaver, Blaine, Dewey, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Okfuskee, Pawnee, Seminole, and Tillman Counties.  If you are in one of these key counties and are interested in a partnership with the Regional Food Bank, please read on for eligibility criteria or contact Pat Cook in our Agency Relations department at pcook@regionalfoodbank.org or (405) 604-7105.

 The following criteria must be met to become a member agency:

  • The organization must be a 501(c)(3) organization or a church.
  • The organization must have an established feeding program that provides meals or food baskets to low income individuals in their community at no cost to the individuals or households.  This demonstrates an ability to manage a food distribution operation.  The established feeding program must have been in operation and keeping records for 90 days preceding the application process.

The three most common types of food distribution programs are food pantries, on-site feeding, and mobile meals.  Criteria for each are as follows.

Food Pantries

Food pantries distribute food to people in the community to prepare or eat in their own residences.  Food may be prepackaged as food baskets or distributed by allowing clients to “shop” for their own food.

  • Food pantries must have a secured storage area with shelving, tables, or pallets to store food items at least 6" off the floor.
  • Refrigerators and freezers should be clean and defrosted regularly (if needed), and they should have thermometers in them.
  • No storage should be at personal residences.  Storage locations will need to be approved by the Regional Food Bank.
  • Storage areas must be rodent and insect free.  Cracks and holes should be repaired regularly and spraying or extermination provided if needed. 

Factors taken into consideration when selecting partner organizations include the existing food pantries in the area, the proximity of the food pantries to each other, the proposed days and hours of distribution, and whether the organization will also be providing a service that is not being provided in that area, such as home delivery of food baskets. 

If the Regional Food Bank determines there are sufficient existing food pantries in your area, we may suggest that you partner with an existing food pantry, rather than opening another pantry.  Suggestions for partnership may include providing volunteers, organizing food drives, entering data or helping the existing agency order online, or providing monetary donations.    

The Regional Food Bank is not currently accepting applications for new partner food pantries in Oklahoma or Cleveland Counties. 

On-Site Feeding and Mobile Pantries

An on-site feeding program is any program that prepares and serves meals at its site.  Food is typically prepared and served as a congregate meal program.  A mobile meal program is any program that prepares meals and delivers them to homebound individuals.

  • On-site feeding and mobile meal programs must have a secured storage area with shelving, tables, or pallets to store food items at least 6" off the floor.
  • Refrigerators and freezers should be clean and defrosted regularly (if needed), and they should have thermometers in them.
  • No storage should be at personal residences.  Storage locations will need to be approved by the Regional Food Bank.
  • Storage areas must be rodent and insect free.  Cracks and holes should be repaired regularly and spraying or extermination provided if needed. 
  • All preparation and storage areas must pass inspection by the health department.          

Non-Emergency Programs (Group Homes, Mental Health Treatment Centers, etc.

At this time we are not accepting applications from non-emergency food providers.

If your organization or church meets these criteria and would like to apply to become a member of the Regional Food Bank network, please contact Pat Cook at pcook@regionalfoodbank.org or (405) 604-7105 to request an application form.



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