Collaborative Holiday Distribution Provides Food for Hundreds of Families in Northeast Oklahoma City

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Nov. 25, 2019 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma was one of 22 organizations, churches and companies that came together for a holiday food distribution on Nov. 22, benefiting 392 families in northeast Oklahoma City.  

Just ahead of the holidays, families participating in the event took home fresh produce, canned fruit and vegetables, as well as a frozen ham and turkey. More than 100 volunteers helped distribute food. 

"We are so grateful to see such a large and diverse group of organizations come together to help ensure that our neighbors in northeast Oklahoma City are able to have nutritious food on the table this holiday season," said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank.

In addition to the food distribution, representatives from Infant Crisis Services, Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) and the Regional Food Bank provided more information on resources available to those participating. 

“I cannot say enough about our partners in this effort,” said Karen Jacobs, administrator of OKDHS’ Office of Community and Faith Engagement. “And we’re not finished. Together, we are building a framework in northeast Oklahoma City to help fill the gap after a local grocery store closed earlier this year.

“Everyone understands the need to provide an option for families in the area to access nutritious food, adds Jacobs. “The help and dedication from this community collaborative is truly a blessing.”

The collaborative event was made possible by the following sponsors: 

  • Amos Memorial CME Church
  • BEST Technologies
  • Bonnie's Helping Hands
  • City of Oklahoma City
  • Central Baptist Church
  • Credit Union One of Oklahoma
  • EMBARK
  • Evangelistic Baptist Church
  • Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church
  • Homeland Stores
  • Infant Crisis Center
  • JFK Neighborhood Association
  • Lynn Institute
  • Masjid Mu'min
  • Metro Technology Centers
  • Oklahoma Department of Human Services
  • Oklahoma City Federation of Colored Women Club
  • Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
  • Siloam Baptist Church
  • St. John Missionary Baptist Church
  • Voice of Hope
  • Wildewood Christian Church

Many of those sponsoring the event are a part of the Northeast Oklahoma City Health Taskforce formed by Oklahoma City Councilwoman Nikki Nice following the closure of the last full-service grocery store in the area. Learn more about the taskforce by visiting neokcfood.com.