COVID-19 has vastly impacted the work of the Regional Food Bank. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Regional Food Bank implemented its Disaster Response Plan effective March 18, 2020. In this mode of operation, all projects not related to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic are suspended until further notice.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Regional Food Bank and its partner agencies are witnessing a 30% increase in the need among Oklahomans facing food insecurity. The Regional Food Bank and its partners have had to adapt and find innovative, and safe, ways to meet the increased demand.
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Founded in 1980, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief nonprofit, serving 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma. The Regional Food Bank works with more than 1,300 community-based partner agencies to provide food assistance to chronically hungry children, seniors living on limited incomes and hardworking families struggling to make ends meet. Each week, the Regional Food Bank distributes 1 million pounds of food including fresh produce.
The Regional Food Bank is a food-delivery model food bank. Our service area covers 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma, a 48,000-square-mile region. Partner agencies access an online ordering system to order needed food and the Regional Food Bank delivers the orders based upon a pre-established delivery schedule.