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South Tulsa Community House struggles to feed community after van is damaged in accident

Posted at 9:35 PM, Nov 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-26 23:07:55-05

TULSA, Okla. -- Usually South Tulsa Community House serves 25 families a day.

But after a car blew through a red light into their van earlier this month, they've been unable to pick up from community partners. That's cut the amount of food available almost in half.

"We serve a community that is Tulsa's second-most food insecure. People don't have food to meet their needs, they go without food. We served over 1200 families or households last year," director Karen Streeter said.

Streeter said the van isn't safe to drive right now, with thousands of dollars in repairs needed. In the meantime the driver could be away from the job for weeks.

"There are a lot of people that rely upon South Tulsa Community House to give them food for about a week to meet the needs of their families. Unfortunately without the ability to pick up that food, it means our shelves are getting lower and lower," Streeter said.

The non-profit recently learned the driver behind the accident doesn't have enough insurance to cover the cost, and they're looking for donations like food or transportation to get through the holidays.

"I really feel sorry for them. Sometimes it's like you would personally like to help everybody but you just can't," volunteer Rich Novak said.

The staff expects they'll spend a couple thousand dollars more just to meet the bare minimum until next year.

"Absolute sadness. It's really hard to know that there's food we could be giving people and we can't give it to them. It's hard to turn people away when you know there are resources out there," Streeter said.

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