The federal government shutdown is impacting food banks some places across the U-S. So far, that’s not the case in Tulsa, but there is concern about what may happen here if the shutdown continues much longer. Maggie Hoey is with the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. She says there’s worry about the WIC…Women, Infants, and Children’s program. If it runs out of funds, the Food Bank may have to pick up the slack, tightening up supplies.
The food bank already serves 275,000 meals a week in 24 counties in eastern Oklahoma.
The Tulsa Jewish Federation is partnering with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma to provide fresh fruit and vegetables for the hungry. The project to provide the food is a community garden. Jewish Federation Director Drew Diamond says the produce will be donated to the food bank.
Ground was broken on the project today. The garden is on a plot of land owned by the Jewish Federation just north of 71st street. The first plantings in the garden will be in the fall.