Working together for a Hunger-Free Oklahoma.
“Hunger is a foundational issue. If we don’t address it in a systemic manner through lasting change investments in other areas, it will be ineffective. If we do not address hunger in our state, we will not be able to fully address health, education, or poverty. That is why we work every day to bring our public and private sectors together to ensure every Oklahoman has access to the nutrition they need to live healthy and productive lives.”
Hunger Free Oklahoma exists to end hunger in Oklahoma.
Hunger Free Oklahoma works to bring a unified, statewide voice to the issue and solutions surrounding hunger, with a goal to ensure all Oklahomans have access to affordable, nutritious food. Hunger Free Oklahoma holds the core belief that hunger is solvable, unnecessary, and unjust, and it impacts everyone living in Oklahoma.
Hunger Free Oklahoma’s objective is to serve as a resource to existing efforts, facilitating collaboration, and providing technical assistance, data, and planning to expand nutrition programs and enrich efforts already in place. Hunger Free Oklahoma may also pilot efforts that have been successful in other states like Texas, Colorado, and Illinois. It will forge partnerships with successful national movements to leverage citizen engagement and resources for this cause. It will be a platform for hosting or coordinating local and national research efforts addressing hunger and the intersection of hunger and health, as well as hunger and educational outcomes. Hunger Free Oklahoma will ensure that research results are applied in action, and it will advance public-private partnerships to accomplish much of this work in an efficient and impactful way.
All Oklahomans have enough food every day.
Leveraging the power of collaboration to solve hunger in Oklahoma by improving systems, policies, and practices.
“Every Oklahoman deserves access to enough nutritious food to support a healthy life. Hunger hinders Oklahoman’s educational attainment, worsens health outcomes, and reduces the economic productivity of our state. We can’t begin to be a top 10 state until we take care of every Oklahoman’s most basic needs, of which hunger might be the most pressing issue effecting the most Oklahomans.”
AARP | Alliance to End Hunger | American Heart Association | AmeriCorps VISTA | Center for Employment Opportunities | Chickasaw Nation | Code for Tulsa | Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma | Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) | Goodwill Industries of Tulsa | Healthy Community Stores Initiative | Hunger Free Communities Network | Impact Tulsa | Indian Nations Council of Governments | Infant Crisis Services, Inc. | Life Senior Services | Meals on Wheels Metro Tulsa | My Health Access Network | Oklahoma Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs | Oklahoma Alliance of YMCAs | Oklahoma Childhood Food Security Coalition | Oklahoma City Public Schools | Oklahoma Department of Libraries | Oklahoma Farm and Food Alliance | Oklahoma Partnership for Expanded Learning | Oklahoma Policy Institute | Oklahoma Public School Resource Center | Oklahoma State Department of Education | Oklahoma State Department of Health | Oklahoma State Department of Human Services | Pathways to Health | Porter Consolidated Schools | R&G Family Grocers | Reading Partners | Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma | Restore Hope Ministries | Tahlequah Public Schools | Techlahoma | Texas Hunger Initiative | The Opportunity Project | THISISSNAP.org | Tulsa Area United Way | Tulsa Cares | Tulsa Community College | Tulsa Community Foundation | Tulsa Food Security Council | Tulsa Health Department | Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry | Tulsa Public Schools | Tulsa Regional Chamber | Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance
Hunger Free Oklahoma is grateful for the support of the following funders. Thanks to their generosity, we are able to apply our innovative approach to ensure that every Oklahoman has access to adequate nutritious food every day.
A special thank you to The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation for their vision and passion to end hunger for all Oklahomans.
As an organization that works on hunger and poverty issues, Hunger Free Oklahoma cannot operate in a manner that ignores racism or racial bias.
- We recognize that black, indigenous, and people of color are disproportionately impacted by food insecurity and by systemic inequities in so many other social determinants of health.
- We recognize that this disproportionate impact is the result of systemically racist and racially biased policies and practices.
- We recognize that until the plague of racism is rooted out in all its forms, our fight to end food insecurity and poverty cannot be won.
- We stand in support of those who fight racial injustice.
- We strive to ensure that we approach our work as partners, allies, and advocates in support of marginalized communities and people; listening first, offering our resources, and walking together to help in whatever way we can.
We know that we must work to make our organization reflect the communities we seek to serve and will continue to strive to create an organization that reflects the values of racial equity and inclusion and rejects institutional racism and racial bias.