On the menu, spaghetti with garlic bread, inside, workers were doing their best to keep up with demand, which was so high, you'd think they were giving it away for free, and they were."This allows us to be really responsive," said Food Bank director Eileen Bradshaw.
This is the Community Food Bank's food truck, the organization's effort to literally meet the need where the need is greatest."When you sit down and visit with folks who are struggling with food insecurity, it's very complicated but transportation comes up so often," she said."No I don't. I don't have a vehicle," said Agnes Daniels, trying to take care of her 9 year-old granddaughter on a very tight budget."I'm trying to raise my granddaughter on $700 and something dollars a month," she said.
There are times, she says, when she goes without a meal so her granddaughter doesn't."She eats before I do. If I'm about out of food she eats before I do. If she leaves anything then I eat it," she said.
Over spring break, the truck filled the void of otherwise missed meals due to school being closed."We were able to get them out here every day and during that week we served over 600 hot lunches," said Gerri Inman of South Tulsa Community House.
And as for the quality of the food."The food is good. I think it's a really great meal," said one man.
The mobile community food bank truck, tackling hunger with a side dish of hope."A program like this is one that can reach out and make a difference," he said.?