Temporary Disaster Response Agency Program

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has suspended accepting all new Food for Communities partnerships. Exceptions will be made for disaster response agencies that will have temporary approval as a Disaster Response Agency to provide emergency food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Approval considerations of a Disaster Response Agency during the COVID-19 pandemic include:

  • Disaster response agencies will not be approved if there is an active existing network partner service available (see our website listing: www.rfbo.org/get-help.)
  • For mass distributions, disaster response agencies must commit to at least three scheduled mass distributions within three months.
  • The Disaster Response Agency must have its own source of available food so that food supplied by the Regional Food Bank (primarily produce and dairy items) is only supplementing the Disaster Response Agency’s assistance.
  • The Disaster Response Agency must sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for temporary partnership.

If you are interested in serving as a Disaster Response Agency, please complete this form.

As the need for food assistance is increasing each day, please note that the Regional Food Bank’s primary obligation is to provide food to support in-place partner agencies that continue to provide food assistance across our 53-county service area in central and western Oklahoma. If there are closures of our existing network partners, we will reach out to see how your organization can address service gaps that may exist.


As a part of Regional Food Bank's Network, our partner agencies work collaboratively to address not only the immediate needs of hungry Oklahomas, but also the underlying causes of hunger.

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma serves the 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma.

Currently, the following counties are considered high priority and in particular need:

  • Blaine
  • Coal
  • Comanche
  • Dewey
  • Noble
  • Okfuskee

To start the application process, download the Partner Application Packet.

Once completed, email the application and all supporting documents to PartnerSupport@rfbo.org. Someone from the Partner Support team will contact you back regarding your application.

Several factors are considered as part of the Application Review process:

  • Service model: service area, method of food distribution, and when clients may return
  • Underserved geographical areas (see above county list)
  • Number of existing partner agencies within the same community
  • Community collaboration and operational sustainablity
  • Provides additional onsite resources beyond food

Non-Discrimination Policy

Partner agencies may not deny anyone access to food products based on race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, maritial status, family or parental status, disability, sexual orientation including gender idenity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran, or political viewpoints and other ideologies.