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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Need increasing at food banks

Improvising and innovation are tools being used to combat those who need food.

“The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is in disaster response mode now,” said Cathy Nestlen with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma during a Zoom interview Monday afternoon. “We are seeing new clients, new households who have not dealt with needing food assistance in the past. We’re seeing anywhere from 25 to 35 percent new clients coming to our partner agencies. So the need is continuing to grow.”

Nestlen says the best way to help is to make a financial contribution either by texting the word “disaster” to 501501 or go to rfbo.org to participate in a match donation.

“In recent weeks there was such a high consumer demand in all of the grocery stores there was no surplus to donate to the Regional Food Bank,” Nestlen said. “We’re starting to see retail food donations trickle back in. In order to keep up with the increased need, we’re still having to purchase.”

Nestlen said those at the Regional Food Bank are rotating among a six day work week. Watch the full interview above.


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Cathy Nestlen with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

Cathy Nestlen with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

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