Tackling Hunger in Tulsa County

Against Global Hunger is based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, but we help individuals from all over the world that are suffering from food insecurity. However, our heart is in Tulsa and we want to provide food for those in need, but the rate of food insecurity keeps growing, and we need your help. Our neighbors should have the comfort of knowing where their next meal is coming from, especially when children are involved.   

According to okfoodbank.org, Tulsa County has a 13.9% food-insecurity rate, and an overwhelming 19.8% child-food insecurity rate. Senior citizens aren’t immune to food insecurity and 8.2% of seniors are living in poverty. 

Food Insecurity in Tulsa County

The state of Oklahoma ranks No. 10 in the country in food insecurity, and most of the people struggling with hunger are the underserved who often lack the ability or resources to put food on the table. Those mainly affected are the working poor, older adults, and children. Feedingamerica.org recently said that 1 in 7 adults, 1 in 6 senior citizens, and 1 in 5 children struggle with hunger in the state of Oklahoma.

Oklahoma has an overall food insecurity rate of 15.1% and they are one of nine states that have a percentage rate higher than 15%.  

Volunteer With Against Global Hunger

Against Global Hunger has developed partnerships with like-minded schools, organizations, and church groups in an attempt to curb the hunger problem facing Tulsans. We create partnerships with volunteers and organizations that volunteer with food packaging and distribution. We and our partners put together packages of highly nutritious food and then distribute them to Tulsans, Oklahomas, and more. 

Missionaries, humanitarian organizations, and other partners around the world help Against Global Hunger with our mission. Our goal is to get much-needed food into the hands of those who need it most. Partnerships are crucial to the success of our organization, and it couldn’t be done without caring volunteers, organizations, and donors.

Here are just a few examples of how you can help Against Global Hunger:

  • Filling food boxes
  • Cleaning
  • Filing
  • Moving boxes
  • Labeling bags
  • Answering the phone
  • Helping set up for an event

Hunger During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, schools and food pantries started offering meals for students and seniors in an effort to serve the underserved. Keeping food banks stocked was difficult before the pandemic, and most food banks were pushed to their limits. Food insecurity existed long before COVID-19, but the lockdowns and safety mandates made it increasingly more difficult to reach those in need of food. Job layoffs, limited household budgets, blown-out grocery stores, and food shortages made food insecurity even worse, and it looked very dire in 2020. 

With social distancing, vaccines, and mask mandates, organizations like AGH had to adjust to how food was packaged and distributed. However, things started to get better in 2021, and the mask and social distancing mandates have been lifted. Now that millions of people have been vaccinated, AGH has started to build up our efforts to end hunger in Tulsa.   

Our communities are stronger when we join together – help give your neighbors a hand up by volunteering at Against Global Hunger or your local food bank.