The Food Resource Center and Mobile Pantry provide free groceries to food-insecure Oklahomans. We utilize a choice pantry model allowing patrons to select the items that best meet their family needs and preferences leading to reduced food waste, greater financial efficiency, and an increased emphasis on the dignity of our patrons. In 2023, Skyline provided service deliveries of free groceries to 58,727 individuals through the combined efforts of our on-site Food Resource Center and Mobile Pantry, distributing over one million pounds of food to Oklahomans in need. This represents a 63% increase in service deliveries over our 2022 statistics. The Food Resource Center and Mobile Pantry served 20,054 unique individuals in 2023.
Skyline serves Oklahomans of all ages and races. Patrons qualify themselves to receive food resources by self-reporting that they meet the criteria for receiving USDA food assistance: those households falling at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. This qualification is based on the size of a household. For example, a single person household qualifies if they make less than $2,265 a month. A family of 4 qualifies if they make less than $4,625 a month. 80% of Skyline patrons are residents of Oklahoma City, but patrons are not disqualified by zip code. Skyline serves patrons from counties throughout central Oklahoma. The majority of the families we serve have income from employment, disability or Social Security. Seniors make up approximately 18% of Skyline's patrons, and children represent 29% of our patrons. Skyline's patrons report their ethnicity on intake forms. We serve roughly: 27% Caucasian, 27% Hispanic and 24% African- American, 5% Native American and 17% Other or Undisclosed. 7.5% of the unique households served in 2023 reported their housing type as unhoused or in an emergency shelter.
We are happy to take donations any time we are open. Our hours vary day to day and are as follows:
Wednesday 9 am-4pm
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.