Hunger in Eastern Oklahoma Quiz - ACQ
Oklahoma is the fifth hungriest state in the nation. Before COVID-19, 1 in 6 people in Oklahoma faced hunger every day — including 1 in 4 children. Since the pandemic started, the Community Food Bank has seen an increased need.
While the Community Food Bank always works hard to source and distribute more nutritious food for our neighbors who need it, we are also working to ensure equal access to healthy, nutritious food. For example, our mobile pantries serve underserved communities and food deserts where nutritious, fresh food is hard to access. Our school pantries and backpack programs ensure families and children have the food they need all year long, and our veteran and senior programs ensure regular access to nutritious meals.
Do you think people sometimes choose between food and other life necessities?
The sad truth is for many families and seniors facing hunger, tough — even impossible — decisions have to be made every day. Do they buy food or pay rent? Pay for lifesaving prescriptions and medical care or buy essential food? Pay for utilities or buy food? The choices are endless, but none of these things should ever have to be sacrificed. Yet many of the families we serve reported choosing between food and utilities, or had to choose between food and medicine.
Hunger is often hidden right in front of us. It isn’t just affecting our neighbors living in poverty or experiencing homelessness. In fact, a large portion of the people who come to our partners for help are working families, single moms, and seniors living on fixed incomes who just can’t make ends meet. Children and seniors are the most vulnerable. Any number of reasons can cause someone to face food insecurity. Whether you realize it or not, you may even have a friend, family member, or neighbor who visits a food bank for help.
Do you want to make a donation to help your neighbors facing hunger?