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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 405.604.7104.
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