The Need

According to a February 2, 2010 article in the Tulsa World, "More than 20 percent of Tulsans did not have enough money to buy the food they needed at times during the past year, the Food Action Center says in a new report. That gave Oklahoma the eighth-highest rate of food hardship in the country." Continuing the quote from the article, "The report, based on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, shows that 20.1 percent of Tulsans surveyed did not have enough money to buy needed food. That share increases to 22.2 percent for the entire state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports in addition that Oklahoma has moved to being the fourth-hungriest state from its previous rank of No. 8. The result is continued increases in people seeking assistance from local food pantries. 'We've seen about a 40 percent increase in the past year in people seeking food pantry assistance in our service area,' said Cindy Stevens, director of marketing and communications for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma."

The need is almost overwhelming and continues to grow.  Harvest House has shared its vision with the Tulsa community to broaden its base of support.  Efforts were focused in 2009 to prepare Harvest House to be ’grants eligible’.  We have partnered with a few generous foundations in Oklahoma that awarded us grants beginning in 2010, and even more foundations have joined with us.  In fact, we have received grants from four corporate foundations and eighteen private foundations as well as gifts from several private donors.  Looking forward, we are continuing to seek additional partners in Oklahoma to broaden our base of support and help us expand our services to better meet the growing needs of the poor in the Tulsa area.

It is estimated that Harvest House delivers quality groceries to needy households for less than 12 cents per dollar’s worth of food. So every $1,000 donated to Harvest House’s food programs results in over $8,000 worth of wholesome, nutritious food being delivered to the needy in the Tulsa community. If you wish to help us address some of Tulsa’s most difficult problems, contact us and we can together work out how you can get involved.