Oklahoma continues to rank among the top ten states in the nation for food insecurity among seniors. As a result, more and more seniors are turning to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for help.
More than 10.2 percent, or 1 in 10, Oklahoma seniors are food insecure. Every day, older Oklahomans are faced with the dilemma of not having enough money to pay for rent, utilities, medical bills and prescriptions. At times, support from family and friends is just not enough, and they are unable to stretch their dollar far enough to purchase enough food to sustain their health.
Through the Senior Mobile Pantry Program and Commodity Supplemental Food Program, the Regional Food Bank is helping Oklahoma's seniors in need of food assistance.
“I’ve been through the mill. I came in today for some fruits and vegetables. I try to eat healthy, but my favorites are brown beans, fried potatoes and corn bread. When you’re one person living alone, with one income, you just don’t have the money to stretch. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you."
- Joy, Food for Seniors client
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), through a partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, provides commodity foods to low income seniors. Once a month, qualified seniors receive a box with 16-20 commodity food items, such as: pasta, canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, cheese, milk, fruit juice, and cereal. To participate, seniors must meet income and age requirements and live in the county in which the partner agency distributes food. Last year, more than 3,000 of Oklahoma’s seniors enrolled in and receiving food through the CSFP program. In total, more than 1.1 million pounds of food were distributed through this program.
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma delivers food each month to seniors living in 18 Oklahoma Housing Authority sites in Oklahoma, Pottawatomie, Seminole and Comanche counties. Most residents being served are living on fixed incomes. The mobile market visits the centers toward the end of the month when residents are in the greatest need of assistance. Each recipient receives a sack of nonperishable food items along with produce, refrigerated items and bread when available. On average, Senior Mobile Markets serve 994 seniors in a month, totaling 283,490 meals last year.
Grants from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation's Fund for Oklahoma City and Oklahoma County Community Support have made it possible to deliver directly to these sites.
For more information, please contact Keeley White at email@example.com or 405.604.7104.