Feeding the Hungry, Here and There

Right now we are thinking about holiday dinners. Organizations are trying to feed hungry families, like they do, year round. Now two community groups are helping families in need.

Today in Collinsville, leaders of the Cherokee Nation broke ground on a new food distribution center. Bulldozers are on site, paving the way, to get food to people who need it.

The project will mean a new 67-thousand square foot building for food distribution.

"It will be just like a grocery store. They will have a shopping cart and they can go pick what they want, not what federal government says they need," said Principal Chief Bill John Baker.

It will be the 9th food distribution center for the Nation. Until now, residents there, had to get their food from a truck, or drive to Nowata--the nearest center.

"We had some family issues arise and told we could get it and we came up here and got it off the back of a truck," explained Marilyn Higeons, who needed help once.

The Cherokee nation helps 100-thosuand families a year, with their food centers, funded by federal dollars and similar to the food stamp program.

But the need is everywhere.

In Tulsa, the John 3:16 mission is requesting turkeys to give away. This year, they are helping 100-new families every week.

"We are struggling and wondering where they are going to come from. They are even hard to buy in bulk right now, so if I had the money, I'd have trouble buying turkeys now," said Rev. Steve Whittaker.

They need 5,000 turkeys, but only have 15-hudred so far. They want you to buy turkeys, and drop them off, for their families.

Its all about feeding families.

The need is urban, it's rural. And it's real--and the need, like hunger, cannot be satisfied quickly enough.

It will take money, 600-thousand dollars for the Cherokee facility and it will take time.

The chief would not say when the center will be complete. He did say it will double the number of families they help every month.

If you'd like to donate a turkey, John 3:16 needs you to drop them off at their locations.

Downtown, at 506 N. Cheyenne, or at 202 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Also Under the Sun Garden Center will take them starting Friday.