Jenks Comunity Food Bank seeks more volunteers, donations
The Jenks Community Food Bank serves more than 300 families and 1,500 individuals in the Jenks area, and it is done on purely volunteer time.
Numerous people have given their time and energy for years, but more help is needed at the food bank.
“We need help from people to help distribute the food on Wednesdays and Saturdays and we need people to go pick up food because we serve so many people,” Jenks Food Bank volunteer Valerie Mann said. “It takes a big army of people with their own cars and their muscles to go fetch the food. We need people who are strong enough to go handle a 50-pound bag and then bring it here. We are serving more people than we ever have before.”
The Jenks Community Food Bank opens every Wednesday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. It is located at 324 W. Aquarium Pl. in Jenks. The Jenks Community Food Bank is a volunteer-based community program that serves those in need. Each week local churches such as First Christian Church, St. James Presbyterian Church, Newspring Family Church and First Baptist Church supply volunteers to assist with food distribution on Saturdays.
Special workdays are periodically scheduled to organize, sort and stock donations. Volunteer groups from schools, scouts, sports teams church groups and local businesses also lend hands.
All volunteers are required to complete a Jenks Community Food Bank Volunteer form prior to volunteering. Forms can be found on the website at www.jenksfoodbank.org/volunteers.
On top of the volunteer need, the Jenks Community Food Bank has other needs as well.
“Right now, we are in need of pasta mixes, jars of peanut butter, jelly that is not in glass jars, cereal, chicken broth, beef broth, canned fruit, juices, canned chicken, Vienna sausages, salmon and canned beans,” volunteer Kate Locke said.
Food donations come from individual people, organizations and businesses such as Trader Joes, Kum & Go, Reasor’s and the Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank.
The Jenks Community Food Bank feeds more than 140 to 150 households a month with 70 to 80 families needing perishable items.
The Jenks Community Food Bank was established in 1994 and its mission statement reads, “The mission of the food bank is to provide food and necessities as available to individuals and families within the Jenks Public School district who need assistance.”