COVID-19 Oklahoma Food Resources

COVID-19 presents unique challenges for the Oklahoma families and individuals struggling with food insecurity and hunger.

This page will be updated regularly and includes a lot of information about available food resources, changes to nutritional programs, and opportunities to help. Please let us know if you identify an error on this page: email michelle.brobston@hungerfreeok.org.

Food Resources

  • Meal Sites for Kids Ages 1-18
  • Food resources by County
  • Apply for SNAP
  • Apply for WIC

Food Program Updates

    • SNAP
    • School Meals
    • WIC
    • Seniors

Opportunities to Help

    • List your food resource
    • Tulsa Kitchens Unite
    • Donate Resources
    • Deliver Meals for Meals on Wheels
    • Volunteer
    • Helpful Information Links

STAY INFORMED: Check this page regularly for updates on efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the health, well-being, and food security of low-income people.

Food Resources

Links to food resources map, meal sites for kids, to apply for SNAP, and WIC information.

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Call SNAP Hotline: 1 (877) 760-0114

Call us toll free at 1 (877) 760-0114 and our trained SNAP specialists are available to handle your SNAP application process seven days a week 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The application takes about 30 minutes!

Call OK's COVID-19 Hotline: 877-215-8336

Call Oklahoma State Health Department’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline to learn more about COVID-19, where to get tested, and more. 

Call 2-1-1

Call 2-1-1 Oklahoma for information and referrals to community services.

Food Resources Map

The information provided relies on community members and organizations to enter the available resources. If you know of resources in your county please click here to submit them. Once confirmed we will publish them ASAP. Oklahomans come together in times of crisis to support and inform each other, it is the Oklahoma Standard. This resource list relies on that Standard to be effective.

This list will be updated regularly.  If you know of any resources not listed, please submit using this form.

Apply for WIC

In Oklahoma, WIC is administered through 10 programs. For convenience, WIC applicants can choose the nearest WIC location or the program of preference. All WIC programs are open to Native and Non-Native participants.

Click on any of the Oklahoma WIC Programs below to learn more:

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Important Updates

Information about SNAP, School Meals, WIC, and Senior meals. Click on the program name to expand and learn about any changes to programming.
Updates

May 15, 2020: The U.S. Department of Agriculture extends three school meal waivers (parent pickup, meal times, and non-congregate feeding) throughout the summer months to promote and maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more. (Updated 5/29/20)

March 25, 2020: The Oklahoma State Board of Education unanimously voted to keep public schools closed through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Beginning April 6, districts will be expected to provide distance learning for the rest of the school year (Updated 3/27/20)

March 22, 2020: OSDE has received authorization to increase the maximum number of meals that may be offered during the COVID-19 response. As meal distribution sites shift to additional meals available at one time the www.meals4kidsok.org website will be updated to reflect changes. (Updated 3/22/20)

March 18, 2020: The Oklahoma State Department of Human Services continues to encourage online applications and renewals for benefits in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019. Read more.

March 17, 2020: The Oklahoma State Department of Education has announced an emergency state-wide public school closure beginning March 17 through April 6. Public school closures typically mean school breakfast and lunch are no longer available to students. However, schools, state and federal agencies, advocacy groups, and nonprofits are working hard to ensure children and families do not lose access to nutritious meals during this time. For more information click here.

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

Existing SNAP Recipients
Existing SNAP recipients will continue to receive benefits as scheduled.

Prospective SNAP Recipients
If someone you know or are serving may qualify go to: www.hungerfreeok.org/groceries to apply online. If you need assistance with the application, call the SNAP Hotline toll free at 1 (877) 760-0114. If you are already enrolled in SNAP and need to make changes, call DHS directly at 1 (888) 328-6551.

What has changed so far?

  • SNAP quality control interviews can be conducted via phone (instead of in-person) in Oklahoma through May 2020. (USDA)
  • Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed into law on 3/18/2020, the work and training requirements for low-income unemployed or underemployed individuals to receive SNAP benefits are suspended. In addition, any amount of time that a low-income jobless individual spends receiving SNAP benefits during the pandemic will not be counted against future benefit time limits. (Updated 3/28/20)
  • Under the Coronavirus Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, an additional $15.5 billion in SNAP funding was provided to cover the projected increase in applications as well as the costs of relief authorized in the Families First Act. (Updated 3/28/20)

What changes could we see in the future?

  • Pandemic SNAP (also referred to as P-SNAP or Pandemic EBT) would allow Oklahomans that already receive benefits on an EBT card to receive additional benefits based on their family situation. P-SNAP is meant to replace meals that children would have normally accessed through school breakfast and lunch programs. P-SNAP is pending action by Congress.
  • Disaster SNAP (also referred to as D-SNAP) provides replacement benefits for SNAP households that lose food and also extends benefits to many other households that are not on SNAP but now face hardships due to the pandemic. D-SNAP may be appropriate whenever there are large numbers of affected people who would not be helped under the eligibility criteria and benefit replace process of regular SNAP.
  • Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed into law on 3/18/2020, states are authorized to request waivers from the USDA to provide temporary, emergency coronavirus response SNAP (CR-SNAP) benefits to SNAP recipients, up to the maximum monthly allotment. CR-SNAP is pending action by OKDHS. (Updated 3/28/20)
  • Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed into law on 3/18/2020, states are authorized to provide an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card to purchase food to households with children receiving free or reduced-price school meals in the event of school closures. Pandemic EBT is pending action by OKDHS. (Updated 3/28/20)
  • Streamlined application and approval processes for new SNAP applicants, as well as SNAP recipients going through the re-certification process. (Updated 3/28/20)
School Meals

What has changed so far?
The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has made application to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to waive certain child nutrition program requirements. All waivers, unless otherwise noted, are in effect until June 30, 2020, or the expiration of the federally declared public health emergency, whichever occurs first. Find more details on the waivers below by visiting https://sde.ok.gov/child-nutrition-programs.

  • Allow Non-Congregate Feeding – Approved 3/20/20. Effective through 8/31/20.
  • Activity Requirement in the Afterschool Care – Approved 3/20/20.
  • Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility – Approved 3/20/20. Effective through 4/30/20.
  • Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick up Meals for Children – Approved 3/25/20. Effective through 8/31/20.
  • Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Deadlines in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program – Approved 3/25/20. Waiver deadlines.
  • Allow Schools Which Fail to Meet the 50% Free and Reduced Area Eligibility by Site to Serve Meals on the SSO – Approved 3/18/20.
  • Allow Meal Service Time Flexibility – Approved 3/20/20. Effective through 8/31/20.

What changes could we see in the future?
At the moment, there are no major changes we see in the future.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Existing WIC recipients
WIC recipients should temporarily be able to satisfy certification or re-certification requirements without the need to be physically present at a clinic. (Updated 3/28/20)

Prospective WIC recipients
If you are interested in applying for WIC: In Oklahoma, WIC is administered through 10 programs. For convenience, WIC applicants can choose the nearest WIC location or the program of preference. All WIC programs are open to Native and Non-Native participants. Click on any of the Oklahoma WIC Programs below to learn more:

Any changes to the WIC Program?
The following items were added to the list of WIC-approved items effective 4/8/2020:

  • Medium and large brown eggs by the dozen (not organic),
  • 8 and 32 ounce blocks of cheese and 8, 16, and 32 ounce bags of shredded cheese (no italian, mexican, or taco blends).

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law on 3/18/2020. The bill provided an additional $500 million to the WIC program. In addition, the bill provided additional authority to the USDA to grant waivers for certain requirements. Oklahoma WIC made application and had the requirements listed below waived. This means that anyone that would like to certify or recertify for state WIC can do so over the phone without the requirement to physically visit a clinic for the near future.

  • The physical presence requirement is waived through 9/30/2020.
  • Anthropometric measurements requirement is waived through 9/30/2020.
  • Blood work requirement is waived through 9/30/2020.
  • The nutrition assessment form will be reduced to identify basic needs and will be utilized to complete phone certifications and recertifications.

What changes could we see in the future?
State or Federal action to substitute certain food package items with similar items when WIC approved foods are unavailable.

Seniors

Existing senior meal recipients
Congregate meal locations will be moving to alternative, non-congregate models. Contact your provider with any questions you may have.

Potential senior meal recipients
If you or someone you know is looking for senior meals please visit http://www.okdhs.org/OKDHS%20Publication%20Library/91-27.pdf

Any changes to senior meal programs?

  • The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has received federal guidance and approval to move congregate senior meals to delivery models.
  • Under the Families First Act, an additional $250 million in senior nutrition program funding was authorized to provide approximately 25 million additional home-delivered and pre-packaged meals to low income seniors. (Updated 3/28/20)
  • Under the Coronavirus Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, an additional $955 million in funding was authorized for the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to provide support to a number of their services, including senior nutrition programs. (Updated 3/28/20)

What changes could we see in the future?
Additional funds provided through a federal relief package to expand number of meals served.

How to Help

Tulsa Kitchens Unite!

 

We are partnering with locally owned restaurants and caterers (with the ability to serve pre-prepared and frozen/refrigerated to-go style meals) to provide meals to families in this time of crisis. The program goals are to keep local kitchens open, keep workers paid, and keep local families fed.

Want to provide your community a food resource?

To support families in areas experiencing school and work closures, Hunger Free Oklahoma is collecting information on community resources ready to provide food for those who need it. If you are operating a meal site during this time or know of food resources available in the coming weeks, please complete the form by clicking on the button below.

Want to help?

If you are wanting to provide a service like donating groceries, delivering groceries, donating other resources, and everything in between, please complete this form. We will pass your information on to organizations seeking volunteers in your area.

Volunteer for Meals on Wheels

 

Help Meals on Wheels provide food to those elderly and isolated in Oklahoma. Meals on Wheels needs drivers as well as office volunteers to take phone calls and intake data.

Volunteers can register online and are needed in the following communities:

Tulsa: https://www.mealsonwheelstulsa.org/volunteerapp
Norman: https://www.mealsonwheelsnorman.com/
OKC: https://www.endinghungerokc.org/meals-on-wheels

Helpful Links

Call SNAP Hotline: 1 (877) 760-0114

Call us toll free at 1 (877) 760-0114 and our trained SNAP specialists are available to handle your SNAP application process seven days a week 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The application takes about 30 minutes!

Call OK's COVID-19 Hotline: 877-215-8336

Call Oklahoma State Health Department’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline to learn more about COVID-19, where to get tested, and more. 

Call 2-1-1

Call 2-1-1 Oklahoma for information and referrals to community services.

Oklahoma COVID-19 Helpful Links

 

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