Hurricanes harvey & irma disaster relief efforts

Our hearts are with our friends impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. With tens of thousands of people in need of disaster relief assistance, the most efficient and effective way to help feed those impacted is through a coordinated response. 

Donations

A financial contribution to a recognized disaster relief organization is the most effective donation to make. Public and private sector support of these voluntary organizations with financial contributions helps to ensure a steady flow of important services to residents who have been impacted by the hurricanes. Donations requested below can be dropped off at our Volunteer Center from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, through September 30. 

  • Financial Donations (Preferred) 
    • To make a financial donation to support hurricane relief efforts, visit www.feedingamerica.org. 
  • Donate to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Gift Card Drive 
    • During September, we are collecting $25 gift cards from the following retailers and providers for disaster relief efforts:  American Express, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, Walmart and Visa.
    • These gift cards will be shared with Feeding America Food Banks impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 
    • Gift cards can be dropped off at our Volunteer Center from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, through September 30. 
  • Drop off specific food donations for disaster relief efforts.
    • The Regional Food Bank is accepting peanut butter, granola bars and canned food donations for disaster relief efforts. Most-needed canned food items, which includes pop-top cans, are meat, vegetables and fruit.
    • Because disaster relief needs change daily, food donations that are unable to be used for disaster relief efforts will support hunger relief efforts in Oklahoma. Please note:  clothing and water are not being collected through this drive.    
    • Donations requested above can be dropped off at our Volunteer Center from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, through September 30.  

Volunteering | Hurricane harvey relief

If you wish to volunteer in response to Hurricane Harvey, please visit the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website for a list of more than three dozen faith-based, community, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations that include volunteer engagement as a key component of their operations. 

 Please be patient and do not self deploy, as unexpectedly showing up to any of the communities that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey will create an additional burden for first responders. 

Although the need is great, and desire to help strong, it is important for residents to avoid donating material goods or self-deploying to help until our communities are safe and public officials and disaster relief organizations have had an opportunity to assess the damage and identify what the specific unmet needs are. Please continue to monitor this website for updated information. 

It is the generous spirit of our residents, nonprofits organizations, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies and partners working in a coordinated effort that will most effectively and efficiently help Texans recovery from Hurricane Harvey. 

For more information on local efforts visit http://www.news9.com/story/36230853/ways-to-donate-to-and-help-with-harvey-relief.