The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma understands there are growing fears about the impact of COVID-19 virus in central and western Oklahoma. Based upon the very nature of the work we do, the Regional Food Bank follows rigid federal and state food safety regulations each and every day.
With school closures and employment disruptions, there is an increased need for food assistance. In order to meet that growing need, the Regional Food Bank staff has created a volunteer model that follows social distancing guidelines to the extent possible. Effective Thursday, March 19, individuals may sign up for these emergency response volunteer shifts. Shifts will have staggered start times and each group will include no more than 8 individuals.
Volunteers must not have a chronic illness such as diabetes, lung disease or heart disease and cannot be older than 59 years of age. Volunteers must not have traveled outside the state of Oklahoma in the last 14 days. Volunteers should not be exhibiting any symptoms including a fever, cough or shortness of breath, or have been around anyone with these COVID-19 symptoms. In addition, volunteers cannot have traveled to a high-risk area within the last 14 days. Additional safety precautions will be taken before, during and after the shift.
The Flagship Food and Resource Center that is owned by Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Moore Food & Resource Center was established in 2013. For every $1 donated, the Regional Food Bank and its partners are able to return four meals to Oklahomans in need of food assistance in Moore, South Oklahoma City and Norman.
A Food & Resource Center is a client-choice pantry that allows clients to select their own food, rather than receiving a pre-packed or standard bag of groceries. Food & Resource Centers provide greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables, are open longer hours, and create an environment in which the client is treated with dignity and respect.
In 2018, the Moore Food & Resource Center distributed the equivalent of more than 1.5 million meals and provided food assistance to 21,139 households. The Moore FRC distributed 1,930 Commodities Supplemental Food Program boxes and served as a Summer Feeding Program site.
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