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Hunger Free Oklahoma launches "Tulsa Kitchens Unite" Program

Posted at 9:03 AM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 10:05:13-04

TULSA — Officials with Hunger Free Oklahoma announced the launch of their new program, "Tulsa Kitchens Unite."

Hunger Free Oklahoma (HFO) is pairing Tulsa Public Schools sites with locally owned-restaurants to help give free meals to families affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The program's goal is to help feed local families, keep local kitchens open and keep workers paid.

“We are grateful to Mayor Bynum, Bruce Dart, and other leaders for making critical decisions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Tulsa,” said Chris Bernard, executive director at Hunger Free Oklahoma. “We are also grateful to so many of our community partners who are working at or above capacity to make sure Tulsans in need have access to food, including two of our partners in this program the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and Tulsa Public Schools. Finally, we are grateful to the Foundations who are supporting so many efforts around the city including this one.”

At this time, the first kitchens to partner in the program are Chimera, Blue Dome Market, Lefty’s on Greenwood, and Catering by PARTYSERVE. If you are interested in being a partner kitchen, click here.

“You’ll notice we didn’t limit it to restaurants,” said Bernard, “If you’ve got a food truck, a catering business, or any local business with the capacity to prepare the specified meals and chill them at our specifications – we would love to talk to you.” If you are interesting in donating to the Tulsa Kitchens Unite cause, click here.

Officials say the meal distribution times, days, and locations will be coordinated within the coming days and the Tulsa Kitchens Unite programs plans to begin at several pilot sites next week.

Below are other food resources by HFO:

Statewide, mobile-friendly website showing nearest meal sites for kids during school closures.

Informational website providing resources on many food-sources during the shutdown including federal nutrition programs, crowd-sourced (and HFO-verified) community food resources, volunteer opportunities, and more.
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