Weatherford Food & Resource Center Prepares to Feed the Hungry

Nonprofit Provides Hope to Residents in Custer County and Surrounding Communities

(Weatherford, Okla.) August 31, 2016 – Yesterday, a dedication was held for the Weatherford Food and Resource Center located at 122 S. 8th in Weatherford. Congressman Frank Lucas attended and participated in the ribbon cutting for the new facility.

“The Weatherford Food and Resource Center is an innovative solution to the fight against hunger in Custer County and surrounding areas,” said Congressman Lucas.  “It is representative of the kind of success we can achieve when there is a true collaboration between business leaders, religious organizations and nonprofits.  I am honored to have been a part of the dedication ceremony for such a great cause.”

Lucas also took time to tour the new facility and learn more about how the Food & Resource Center will impact the lives of those who struggle with hunger in Custer County, Colony, Corn and Hydro.

In Custer County, 15 percent of all adults, and nearly 22 percent of all children have inconsistent access to food. Last fiscal year, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma distributed enough food to provide nearly 380,000 meals for Custer County residents struggling with hunger. But it was still not enough to keep pace with the demand.

With support from the City of Weatherford and a host of generous donors and volunteers, the old National Guard Armory was renovated and now serves as the home for the new Weatherford Food & Resource Center, in affiliation with the Regional Food Bank. The facility has expanded hours of operation and a grocery-store-like shopping area that allows clients to choose the foods they want so that they take only what they need – making more efficient use of food resources. The center will also stock a variety of food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, and will connect clients with other social services in the community. 

“We are so grateful to the community and to the Regional Food Bank for providing the resources needed to not only build, but sustain the Weatherford Food & Resource Center,” said Deb Hanson, board chair of the Weatherford Food & Resource Center. “This facility is going to help feed our hungry neighbors and give them hope for a brighter future.”

Support for the Weatherford Food & Resource Center comes from: ASAP Energy, Devon Energy, Inasmuch Foundation, James H. Horsburgh, Jeff and Melanie DeFehr, Joe Sullivan, Life Fellowship Church, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Sarkeys Foundation, Tim, Deb and Parker Hanson, the Weatherford Rotary Club and many more community donors. 

The Weatherford Food & Resource Center provides:

  • Client-choice shopping to improve the overall client experience, giving clients the opportunity to shop and choose foods they need in a setting similar to a supermarket
  • Greater access to nutritious food with extended hours and days of operation for the hardworking hungry
  • Greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables to improve health
  • Dental services
  • Nutrition education
  • Financial literacy classes
  • Job application training and referrals

The facility officially opens to the public on Thursday, September 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Hours and days of operation after the opening are:  Mondays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.; and 9 to 11 a.m. on the 4th Saturday of every month.  For more information, call 580-774-5377 or visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/wfrcenter

“Everyone deserves to have access to food, regardless of circumstances,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “The WFRC provides a place where people who are struggling with hunger can find healthy food for their family and additional resources to help break the cycle of poverty.”

The Regional Food Bank is committed to ensuring an equitable distribution of food, maximizing utilization of resources and providing compassionate service to vulnerable populations.  The nonprofit is investing in programs, facilities and partnerships that offer the best opportunities to improve service and feed more hungry Oklahomans.  Food & Resources Centers, like the Weatherford Food & Resource Center, will allow the Regional Food Bank to distribute food to Oklahoma’s hungry in a more efficient and cost-effective manner while connecting those served to resources that provide relief and increase self-sufficiency.  

Currently, five Food & Resource Centers are fully operational in the Oklahoma City metro area and seven are operating outside of the metro in Durant, Enid, Lawton, Elk City, Shawnee, Ponca City and now Weatherford.  Additional Food & Resource Centers are planned throughout the Regional Food Bank’s 53 county service area based upon need and community support. Food & Resource Centers are built to fit the needs, look and feel of the community where they are located.

To learn more about the Weatherford Food & Resource Center, including how to donate or volunteer, visit www.weatherfordfrc.org. For questions about the Regional Food Bank or the Food & Resource Center model, contact John Bobb-Semple at 405.600.3167 or jbobb-semple@regionalfoodbank.org.   

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private domestic hunger-relief organization.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 116,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,200 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed nearly 644 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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