Our Daily Bread Food & Resource Center, an affiliate of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, opened its doors to help Payne County residents struggling with hunger on Wednesday. On Aug. 31, the community was invited to the nonprofit’s ribbon cutting and open house. Speakers included: Will Joyce, Stillwater city commissioner, and Justin Mingus, CEO of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, and Becky Taylor, executive director of Our Daily Bread.
A total of 62 household were served...equalling 124 people totalling 95 adults and 29 children.
In Payne County, 15,350 residents face hunger every day. During the 2015-16 fiscal year, the Regional Food Bank distributed enough food to provide 788,316 meals for Payne County residents struggling with hunger; however, it was not enough. That is why the opening of Our Daily Bread is vital to Payne County, where the need for food and resources continues to grow.
Our Daily Bread’s mission is, “Feeding our community collaboratively and providing connections that enable lasting change.” The nonprofit has expanded hours of operation to better serve Payne County residents in a supermarket-like setting. The food pantry allows clients to choose the foods they want so that they take only what they need – making more efficient use of food resources. Our Daily Bread also stocks a variety of food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, and will connect clients with other social services in the community.
The Regional Food Bank is committed to ensuring an equitable distribution of food, maximizing utilization of resources and providing compassionate service to vulnerable populations. The nonprofit is investing in programs, facilities and partnerships that offer the best opportunities to improve service and feed more hungry Oklahomans. Food & Resources Centers, like the Our Daily Bread, will allow the Regional Food Bank to distribute food to Oklahoma’s hungry in a more efficient and cost-effective manner while connecting those served to resources that provide relief and increase self-sufficiency.
Donors to the Our Daily Bread capital campaign include: The Allene Brown Foundation, Elite Repeat, J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
For more information about Our Daily Bread visit ourdailybreadfrc.org or call 405-533-2555. To learn more about the Regional Food Bank visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-972-1111.