From outside, 29 N. McCormick St. looks like a typical warehouse. But inside the 120,000-square-feet distribution center, Feed the Children staff and volunteers are working every day to sort, pack and ship food and essentials to help children and their families across the United States.
During the last year, the nonprofit distributed nearly 6 million pounds – equivalent to 3,000 tons – of food, beverages, personal care items and books from its Oklahoma City distribution center. In fact, more than a thousand shipments left Oklahoma City, bound for communities across Oklahoma as well as 350 community partners serving families in 26 states. Feed the Children has four additional distribution centers strategically placed across the United States to ensure that they can serve families in every state.
You might be surprised to learn that 80 percent of Feed the Children’s domestic work involves supplying community partners with the bulk of the items they need to do their daily work. The nonprofit collaborates with community partners across Oklahoma including school districts to ensure their student pantries are stocked, the Police Athletic League, the Homeless Alliance, YWCA and numerous religious organizations. Nationwide, the nonprofit works with more than a thousand community partners to help make a significant impact in the community. Feed the Children also holds community events, delivering semi-trucks full of supplies which serve hundreds of families in a single day.
While 2020 has been a difficult year for many families due to the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, Oklahomans can feel proud that a nonprofit like Feed the Children is helping its fellow Americans from right in the heart of Oklahoma. In fact, during the pandemic, Feed the Children has worked with its partners to find innovative ways to serve struggling families including door-to-door home delivery and drive-thru product pick-ups (food, water, hygiene items). Some community partners have even instituted a call-in number to ensure those who are homebound or quarantined receive the items they need.
“In times of crisis, Feed the Children is here for Oklahomans and Americans who need support. Our teams are working hard to put food and essentials in the hands of folks who are hurting right now,” said Travis Arnold, president and CEO of Feed the Children. “With the generous help of our corporate and community partners, we are taking action to let our neighbors know they aren't forgotten. Now is the time to come together to serve the children and families who need us most.”
To learn how you can help, visit feedthechildren.org or follow them on social media.