Food Insecurity

Matt Trotter / KWGS

Hunger is an ongoing problem in Oklahoma during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Normally, one in six households and one in five children in the state have trouble getting enough to eat on a regular basis.

"During this pandemic and in the foreseeable future, those numbers are much more troubling. At the height of this crisis, they were nearly doubled, and still now, one in three children are food insecure in our state and our community, and one in five households," said Hunger Free Oklahoma Executive Director Chris Bernard.

Our guest is Eileen Bradshaw, the recently-named CEO of the vitally important Tulsa nonprofit known as LIFE Senior Services. She brings us up to date on the various efforts that LIFE is now, in the age of Coronavirus, putting toward assisting the elderly in our community. These actions include (as detailed at the LIFE website) utility and telephone help, mental and behavioral health services, food resources, COVID-19 testing-site data, details on special shopping hours for seniors, and so on.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we hear from two institutions which are gearing up to feed more Tulsans and Oklahomans during the pandemic. Jorge Robles is the Chief Operating Officer of the Tulsa Public Schools, which instituted a feeding program that is now serving lunch and breakfast for 23,000 children a day at school sites and bus stops throughout the district.