Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope

aka Food Bank   |   Tulsa, OK   |


To feed the hungry of eastern Oklahoma through a network of Partners and engage our communities in ending hunger. Our vision is food security, with dignity, for all eastern Oklahomans.

Ruling year info



Lori Long

Main address

1304 North Kenosha Avenue

Tulsa, OK 74106 USA

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NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

While Oklahoma usually falls in the top five states for the number of hungry people, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our area is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who are needing our help for the first time. Feeding America’s 2018 Map the Meal Gap study was released in May, 2020. The organization released a companion study and interactive map that illustrate the projected impact of the pandemic on local food insecurity in 2020. This study predicts the food insecurity rate in our service area will rise to 22% as a result of the pandemic, a 7% increase over the pre-COVID-19 food insecurity rate of 15% in our service area. Now more than ever, healthy food is crucial to our low-income families’ livelihood.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food for Kids

Food for Kids focuses on feeding children and their families when they are most in need: during summer, after school, at home, and over school vacations. It is a five-part initiative:
- Backpack Program provides weekly bags of food to students at risk of hunger over the weekends, focusing on elementary and middle school children. Site coordinators work with teachers, counselors, and nutrition personnel to identify students most at risk of hunger over the weekend. Children receive nutritious, kid-friendly food to take home on Friday to ensure they have access to food over the weekend.
- Free Family Farmers' Markets provide fresh produce and bakery items to low-income students and their families. The markets serve eleven Community Action Project early childhood education sites and three Tulsa Educare schools. Families participate based on identified needs from school sites. Fresh produce is vital to the healthy development of young children's minds, bodies, and healthy eating habits.
- Summer and School Break Feeding feeds youth in high poverty areas in the Tulsa metro during summer when students are out of school and during school breaks. Feeding sites serve lunch in low-income neighborhoods at libraries, community centers, parks, and nonprofits.
- School Pantries are located on the grounds of a school to provide more readily available food assistance to low-income high school and middle school students and their families. Sites are consistently in the same location on the school's campus, have set distribution schedules, and offer ongoing food assistance services.
- After-School Feeding programs provide free meals to low-income kids at after-school programs. Since a lot of low-income children rely on school breakfast and lunch, After-School Feeding ensures children have a meal before going home.

Food for Kids Programming ensures food-insecure children in our communities have a reliable resource for nutritious food throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Cooking Matters educates and empowers low-income families with skills, knowledge, and confidence to make healthy, affordable meals.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Food Bank distributes USDA commodities to our Partner Agencies to provide to hungry eastern Oklahomans.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Food Bank's senior feeding initiative includes two parts: Senior Servings and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Senior Feeding provides a level of independence and dignity for all clients. Seniors receive assistance through an application process in low-income housing complexes, senior centers, and congregant meal sites. Seniors must meet income requirements based on the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for assistance. Currently, senior food distribution takes place monthly or twice a month at 41 sites in 18 counties.

- Senior Servings is privately funded and has a higher income threshold to qualify. This allows us to still serve struggling seniors who have a monthly income slightly higher than that required for CSFP assistance. Food kits include a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy products, and items low in sodium and sugar. Sites distribute pre-packed bags of shelf-stable food, and most sites also provide a choice of fresh produce and bakery items. The food items are chosen with senior dietary considerations in mind, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Income guideline: $1,926/month or less.

- CSFP is a program of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Food Bank staff work with the USDA to identify high need areas for seniors in our service area. Food for this program comes directly from the USDA and the Food Bank is responsible for all costs associated with distributing it. Through this partnership, we are able to receive a steady source of healthy food for hungry seniors. Each food kit contains shelf-stable fruit, juice, veggies, cheese, milk, meat, plant-based proteins, cereal, and pasta—all low sodium, low sugar, and whole wheat. CSFP food is provided monthly. Income guideline: $1,354/month or less.

Population(s) Served
Retired people
Economically disadvantaged people

The Clinic Food Pantry Program alleviates hunger of chronically sick low-income people through the provision of nutritious food to patients in a clinic setting.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Mobile Eatery (ME) project is two food trucks that travel to low-income communities to serve healthy meals to children when school is out. ME also partners with efforts to promote self-sufficiency, such as GED classes and health screening events. ME provides meals during Partner Agency pantry distributions and at veterans outreach sites. Unlike brick-and-mortar programs, ME efficiently serves several locations in a matter of hours. ME serves meals to areas in the community with high food insecurity and mobility challenges while maintaining an atmosphere of dignity for clients.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The College Campus Pantry provides meal components such as fruits, vegetables, protein, and grain items to low-income, struggling college students and their families.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

The Food Bank distributes food to 350 Partner Agencies in the 24 counties of eastern Oklahoma: Adair, Cherokee, Choctaw, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore, Mayes, McCurtain, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pittsburg, Pushmataha, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner, and Washington. Agency programs include on-site feeding programs, emergency shelters and food pantries, children and senior feeding programs, veterans’ outreach initiatives, disaster relief, and other low-income programs that have a meal component. All of these programs provide food free of charge to people struggling with hunger in the community.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Mobile Pantry Program directly serves clients in areas of high need to supplement other hunger-relief agencies in that area. The Mobile Pantry distributes a truckload of food to clients in pre-packed boxes or through a farmers’ market-style distribution where clients choose to take what they need.

The Mobile Pantry Program expands the capacity of the Food Bank’s partner network to distribute food by removing barriers that prevent access to underserved areas, and allows for fast and flexible delivery of rescued food and grocery products, including meat, produce and baked goods.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work


Champion of Oklahoma Health - Backpack Program 2011

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma

Champion of Senior Health 2014

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma

Dan Allen Award for Outstanding Social Justice Program 2014

Dan Allen Center for Social Justice

Top Notch Charity 2016

Charity Navigator

Partner of the Year 2016

Partners in Education

Advocacy Hall of Fame Legend 2017

Feeding America

Oklahoma Standards for Excellence 2017

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

Best Place to Volunteer 2018

Tulsa World

A-List Nonprofit Event - Empty Bowls 2019

Tulsa People Magazine

Beacon Award- Nonprofits Serving Nonprofits- Finalist 2019

Journal Record

Governor's Commendation 2019

State of Oklahoma

Living Our Values Award 2019

Feeding America

Best of Tulsa - Best Nonprofit - Finalist 2019

Tulsa Voice

Best Place to Volunteer 2019

Tulsa World

Dan Allen Award for Outstanding Social Justice Program 2014

Dan Allen Center for Social Justice

Affiliations & memberships

Feeding America 1986

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

The Year by Year Results are the total amount of pounds of food distributed.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Food Bank's goal is to distribute more food more efficiently through the following objectives:
- Improving our efficiency and food acquisition
- Improving the capacity of our Partner Programs
- Empowering our clients with education and guidance so they won't need help forever
- Improving the health and quality of food provided to clients by focusing more on the distribution of fresh produce

We are able to work toward our goals through key partnerships in the community and the country. By partnering with over 350 Partner Agencies, we provide assistance to food-insecure clients in eastern Oklahoma. The Food Bank provides at least 50% of the food these agencies distribute to the hungry so they can spend their resources wisely to better accomplish their missions. Together with these programs, in 2020 the Food Bank distributed 525,450 meals every week. As a member of Feeding America, we are a part of a network of 200 food banks that serve every county in the United States. We are able to acquire a more diverse pool of funding and food through this partnership. We also partner closely with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. While we technically serve separate parts of the state, we collaborate to feed all Oklahomans in the most efficient ways possible.

The Food Bank's key capabilities include:
- Partnerships- Partnering with for-profit and non-profit organizations is core to the Food Bank. The Food Bank has 350 Partner Agencies which are other non-profit programs that together work daily to alleviate hunger in eastern Oklahoma. We are also increasingly being called upon in an advisory role for different community initiatives concerning hunger and poverty. This is because of our experience, knowledge base, and an extensive network of community partners. Through these partnerships not only is the Food Bank able to feed people, but it also educates and provides other necessary resources. We also partner with Feeding America and other food banks across the country to ensure the highest quality food is distributed through the most efficient means possible.
-Operations- The Food Bank operates as a hybrid of a non-profit hunger-relief organization and a warehouse, which has to operate similar to a for-profit business. The Food Bank does this successfully through guidance from Feeding America, local grocery stores, and food distribution companies.
- Procurement & Distribution- The Food Bank's ability to procure and distribute food through its connections within the food industry directly strengthens its ability to feed the hungry in our community.

The Food Bank was founded in 1981, distributing just 90,000 pounds that year in Tulsa County. We have grown significantly, not just in the amount of food we distribute, but also in our service area, which now includes 24 counties. Since 2006, the Food Bank has increased its food distribution by more than 332%. In FY2020 the Food Bank distributed a record 32.8 million pounds, or 27.3 million meals, to people in eastern Oklahoma who struggle with putting enough food on the table. We have also shifted our focus to include a greater variety of fresh food and produce that is distributed. 43% of all food distributed is fresh produce, an increase of 114% over the last 5 years.


Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

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Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Tom Hutchison


Mike McAndrews

Mariner Wealth Advisors

Tom Hutchison


Lori Lewis Dryer

Peoples Pantry of Tulsa, Inc

Eric M. Kunkel

CCK Strategies

Shelley Allen

Kendall Whittier, Inc. Emergency Food Pantry

Randy Cowling

Owasso Community Resources

Donna McElroy Dutton

McElroy Manufacturing

Richard Ficken

Retired - WPX Energy Marketing, LLC

Jenna Garland


Jeanne Jacobs

Community Volunteer

Scott Lewis

Optimus Industries, LLC

Carol Tandy

Self Employed

Lex Anderson

CAP Tulsa

Mercedes Millberry Fowler

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma

Laura Law

Fiber Pad, Inc.

Manny Rubio

QuikTrip Corporation

Wendy Brooks

WPX Energy, Inc.

Missy Brumley

Bixby Outreach Center

Ashlee Fox

Cherokee Nation

Jennifer Hua

The Williams Companies, Inc.

Christine McQueen

Bank of Oklahoma

Darren P. Walkup

Commerce Bank

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/9/2021

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