COVID-19 presents unique challenges for the Oklahoma families and individuals struggling with food insecurity and hunger. As schools, child care centers, and older adult meal sites close, additional families will lose their normal access to vital nutrition programs.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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Food Resources Map
We are working diligently to update this site in close to real time. 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 page is launching as food resources are still being shared so the list will be updated regularly. Please check back often. If your county isn’t listed, we are still looking for resources in your area. If you know of any, 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:
Important UpdatesInformation about SNAP, School Meals, WIC, and Senior meals. Click on the program name to expand and learn about any changes to programming.
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.OKDHSLive.org to access a screening tool as well as an online application. If you need assistance with the application call 405-487-5483. (Wait times may be very lengthy.)
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)
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. These waivers only apply to schools participating in the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option (SSO) or the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
- The first waiver will allow for an alternative or “grab and go” meal service to limit interaction and proximity, reducing the risk of COVID-19 exposure; this flexibility would allow possible meal deliveries away from school. (OSDE) Approved by USDA on 3/14/2020.
- The second waiver temporarily removes the requirement that school meal operations must be served at a school site during unanticipated school closure. This will allow food service staff to prepare the alternative or “grab and go” meals at school sites. (OSDE) Approved by USDA on 3/14/2020.
- A nationwide waiver to allow meal service time flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs:USDA waives the meal service time requirements across all child nutrition programs for all States that elect to be subject to the waiver. This includes the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option, and Child and Adult Care Food Program. This waiver is effective immediately, and remains in effect through June 30, 2020, or until expiration of the federally declared public health emergency, whichever is earlier. Program operators must still establish a schedule for meal distribution or delivery. (Approved by USDA on 3/20/20)
- A nationwide waiver to allow non-congregate feeding in the Child Nutrition Programs: USDA waives the congregate feeding requirements across all child nutrition programs for all States that elect to be subject to the waiver. This includes the NSLP, SBP, SSFP, SSO, and CACFP. This waiver is effective immediately, and remains in effect through June 30, 2020, or until expiration of the federally declared public health emergency, whichever is earlier. (Approved by USDA on 3/20/20)
- A nationwide waiver of the activity requirement in the afterschool care Child Nutrition Programs: USDA waives the afterschool activity requirement of the CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meals component and the NSLP Afterschool Snack Program, for all States that elect to be subject to the waiver. This waiver is effective immediately, and remains in effect through June 30, 2020, or until expiration of the federally declared public health emergency, whichever is earlier. (Approved by USDA on 3/20/20)
- 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)
- Under the Coronavirus Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, an additional $8.8 billion in funding for child nutrition programs was provided to ensure children can continue to receive school meals while schools are closed. (Updated 3/28/20)
What changes could we see in the future?
In addition to the waiver applications that have already been approved by the USDA, a few additional waiver applications have been submitted.
- A waiver to allow schools in areas not designated as high need to cover meals to students under the Emergency School Closure provision of SFSP or SSO. This waiver is pending action by the USDA. (OSDE)
- A waiver to allow sponsors to provide reimbursable meals pending availability of meal pattern components. This waiver is pending action by the USDA. (OSDE)
- A waiver to allow the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meals to be served in a non-congregate setting and without the required enrichment activities. This waiver is pending action by the USDA. (OSDE)
- A waiver to allow for SSO/SFSP/CACFP to serve more than one meal to a child at a time. (i.e. breakfast and lunch, lunch and snack) and the ability to give up to five days’ worth of meals if needed. This waiver is pending action by the USDA but several districts may already be providing more than one meal at a time. (OSDE)
- USDA has provided broad authorization to states to allow for a parent or guardian to pick up meals without the need for the child or children to be present. OSDE has submitted a plan as to how this will be implemented. The plan is pending approval by the USDA. (Updated 3/28/20)
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 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.
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.
Tulsa Kitchens Unite!
We are partnering with locally owned restaurants, food trucks, caterers (and other local businesses with the ability to serve pre-prepared and refrigerated to-go style meals) to provide meals to families in this time of crisis. The program has a dual-purpose: keep local restaurants open, keep local families fed.
“Tulsa Kitchens Unite” provides relief to the service industry by paying them a set cost to produce low-cost dinners which will be pre-chilled and distributed at HFO-identified sites, such as schools, non-profits and faith-based organizations. Tulsans who are struggling during this unprecedented economic downturn will have a regular-location to pick-up meals and feed their families.
It is a win-win!
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:
Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE): COVID-19 FAQs for Oklahoma Public Schools
Oklahoma State Department of Health (OKDH): Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disease 2019 Status
Oklahoma State Department of Human Services (OKDHS): Apply for SNAP benefits
ONIE Project: Coronavirus – Food Resources and Tips
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Learn more about COVID-19
Freedom Oklahoma/OKEQ: Resources
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma: Get Help Here
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma: Get Help Here