First State Bank is organizing a community food pantry to help citizens in need in our community.
We are accepting cash donations or canned goods. The cash will be used to purchase perishable items as needed.
If you are in need or know someone that is, please contact Vicki Clary with First State Bank at 872-3434.
Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in America. Over the past ten years, the percentage of our population classified by the United States Department of Agriculture as “food insecure” has risen from 13.1% to 14.6%. We are ranked one of the five worst states in the country. The threat of hunger in Oklahoma is especially prevalent among children, as more than one in five children in our state lives in a “food insecure” household.
Due to their special needs, seniors and disabled individuals are also at risk of going hungry in Oklahoma. Oklahoma’s hunger problem is connected to our state’s high poverty rates. Food insecurity contributes to our state’s obesity epidemic; the lack of financial resources for adequate food makes it difficult for families to obtain nutritious food which leads to unhealthy eating patterns and poor dietary habits. In the Metro area 87% of the school children qualify for the free and reduced meal program. Many of the children do not have adequate nutritious food over weekends and holidays.
Our goal is to help deserving people in our local area to have a better life. We join the Oklahoma Task Force on Hunger in the belief that “Hunger is Not OK”.
We ask you to remember that one can make a difference! Thank you for your consideration!