According to a story in The Tulsa World, area agencies are seeing more and more people seeking food assistance as Oklahoma moves up to the fourth hungriest state in the nation.
Today, OETA television visited with Ashley Jones, social services director for The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command, about how The Salvation Army is “Doing the Most Good” in filling the food needs of families. Last year, Oklahoma was ranked eighth hungriest state; this year, we’re now fourth.
“We’re definitely seeing an increase in people coming to The Salvation Army for not only utility assistance, but mainly for food assistance,” said Jones. “In the past, we’d see 400 or so clients a week. Now, we’re seeing 700 to 800 a week, and most of them need food.”
Thanks to a partnership with The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the USDA, The Salvation Army provides bags of groceries to those in need daily. Last year, more than 30,000 food orders were filled for families seeking help with food. This year, Jones expects that number to increase.
To donate to The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s food pantry, please call 405-246-1100 or send donations to The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command, P.O. Box 2095, Oklahoma City, 73101.
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