The Regional Food Bank is committed to helping to fill the food gap for federal employees and contract workers who are impacted by the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
Our community partners are committed to assisting federal employees and contract workers impacted by the shutdown by providing extra distribution days and times.
We are hosting four mobile food distributions Jan. 30 and 31 in Caddo, Canadian, Grady and Lincoln counties.
The Regional Food Bank partnered with United Way of Central Oklahoma, Feed the Children, Infant Crisis Services, State Fair Park and the City of Oklahoma City to provide a food distribution and resource fair that served 755 families impacted by the government shutdown.
Learn more about the distribution by clicking here.
On Friday, Jan. 11, thousands of Oklahomans impacted by the federal government shutdown did not receive a paycheck. This could force many families into a state of economic instability, resulting in food insecurity. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma wants to assure anyone impacted by the federal government shutdown that they can seek food assistance at more than 300 community-based partner agencies in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.
“We have asked our partners to extend their eligibility assistance to anyone impacted by the shutdown,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Too many families live paycheck to paycheck and as a result, missing just one pay day can result in that household having to choose between paying bills or buying food. The Regional Food Bank and its partners are ready to step in and provide food assistance when needed.”
As the shutdown continues, it will continue to impact federal nutrition programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Last year, SNAP provided food assistance for nearly 875,000 Oklahomans. Due to a reserve of funds from the prior fiscal year, the USDA will provide the February benefits to SNAP recipients on Jan. 20.
It has been confirmed that SNAP benefits for the month of March were included in the Continuing Resolution (CR) to reopen the government. If the government were to shut down again, they would still issue March benefits. Oklahoma SNAP recipients will see a 40-49 day ‘snap gap’ from their February benefits until March benefits. Furthermore, the CR provides language that gives USDA the ability to fund SNAP through April. Should the government shut down again, USDA could implement another early issuance strategy for April benefits, but USDA has not yet confirmed their strategy moving forward. The CR contains appropriations for March benefits.
While the Regional Food Bank receives and distributes commodities from the USDA, which are being delayed due to the shutdown, it’s the funding from donors that allows the Regional Food Bank to help fill in the gap during the government shutdown. To make a monetary donation, visit rfbo.org/shutdown or call 405-600-3136. To donate food, call 405-972-1111.