ABOUT FRCSCO

FRCSCO is a nonprofit, formed out of a community collaboration in affiliation with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. We fight hunger in Carter, Johnston, Murray and Love Counties. FRCSCO will provide over a million pounds of food this year to thousands of Oklahomans struggling with hunger in South Central Oklahoma.

The Food and Resource center provides groceries to an estimated 1,500 individuals every month.

On average, a family takes home 90 pounds of food per visit, which is equivalent to 75 meals.

FRCSCO is designed to be one of the most efficient systems in the country for food distribution and community collaboration in the fight against hunger.

The Food and Resource Center offers greater access to food with extended days and hours of operation and client choice shopping to improve overall client experience, providing clients the opportunity to choose foods they want and need in a setting similar to a supermarket. We also provide additional services/resources and referrals to improve family stability including: increased access to nutrition education, connecting clients to other services available in the community, and partnering with other agencies and nonprofit organizations that provide strategic resources like dental, vision, employment, housing, case management and more.

How does the FRCSCO impact our community?

  • Better utilization of community resources
  • Provides the opportunity for long term sustainability
  • Efficient food distribution in a client-friendly atmosphere; distribution can be done in a professional and efficient way
  • Potential reduction of duplicate services
  • Greater understanding of hunger issues
  • Greater community partnership and collaboration
  • Volunteer opportunity and donor engagement

We can't do what we do without you!  Please consider how you can be involved with the Food and Resource Center.


About Food & Resource Centers

  • Food & Resource Centers are affiliated with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
  • Food & Resource Centers provide client-choice shopping, with greater access to food through extended hours and days of operation, increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables to improve health, creates an atmosphere of dignity and self-respect and serves as a venue for connecting clients to other community resources to help individuals and families get back on their feet.
  • Hunger in the Counties Served by FRCSCO

    o Carter

    •       7,730 people are hungry, including 2,980 children and 1,270 seniors.

    o Johnston

    •       1,960 people are hungry, including 780 children and 332 seniors.

    o Murray

    •       1,990 people are hungry, including 830 children and 441 seniors.

    o Love

    •       1,130 people are hungry, including 560 children and 299 seniors.

    About Hunger in Oklahoma

    ●     1 in 6 (or 656,000) Oklahomans struggle with hunger.

    ●     1 in 4 children in Oklahoma have inconsistent access to food.

    ●     Oklahoma remains one of the top 10 states in the nation for food insecurity for seniors.

    ●     One in 11 seniors, or 9 percent, struggle with hunger in Oklahoma.

    2014 Hunger in Oklahoma Report (Updated every 4 years by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma)

    Poverty level income for a family of four: $24,250
  • According to FRAC’s most recent report on Food Hardship across the U.S., almost 20 percent of Oklahomans struggled to afford enough food last year.
    • Approximately 375,000 people in the Regional Food Bank’s service area are living in poverty. (This number is 368,458 based on last year’s report.)
  • 24 percent of Oklahoma’s children are living below the federal poverty threshold.
    • Nearly a quarter of children in the Regional Food Bank’s service area are living in poverty.
    • More than 129,000 children in the Regional Food Bank’s service area are living in poverty.

LOW WAGES, UNDEREMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT MAY DRIVE NEED FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE

  • Oklahoma has the 8th highest share of low paying jobs in the U.S.
  • 48 percent of all households served by the Oklahoma Food Banks have at least one person employed.
  • 27 percent of all households served have at least one person with a post high school education.
  • 67 percent of client households have incomes that fall at or below the federal poverty level.

MAKING TOUGH CHOICES AND TRADE-OFFS TO KEEP FOOD ON THE TABLE

Client households reported making the following choices in the past 12 months: 

  • 83 percent reported using three or more coping strategies in the past year:
    • Purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food.
    • Eating food past expiration date.
    • Watering down food or drinks to make them go further.
    • Selling or pawning personal property.
    • Turning to friends or family for help.
    • Growing food in a home or community garden.
  • 72 percent had to choose between food and utilities.
  • 68 percent had to choose between food and transportation.
  • 66 percent had to choose between food and medicine/medical care.
  • 56 percent had to choose between food and housing.
    • One in six experienced a foreclosure or eviction in the past five years.
  • 27 percent had to choose between food and education.

CLIENTS STRUGGLING WITH HEALTH ISSUES

  • 83 percent of client households report purchasing the cheapest food available, even if they knew it wasn’t the healthiest option, in an effort to provide enough food for their household.
  • 63 percent have medical bills to pay.
  • Over half of client households have a member with high blood pressure.
  • 33 percent of client households have a member(s) with diabetes.
  • 32 percent lack health insurance of any kind.
  • 24 percent have a household member in poor health.