Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust

Oklahoma’s Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust expects more people will need help buying healthy food amid an economic downturn driven largely by the COVID-19 pandemic.

TSET will award up to $1 million in grants through a new food access program to help with that.

"We know that one in six [people] and one in four children in Oklahoma suffer from food insecurity, and early data shows that number is likely to have increased dramatically with the recent economic downturn," said TSET Executive Director Julie Bisbee.

Oklahomans will likely vote this fall on reducing the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust’s share of annual payments under the state’s master settlement agreement.

A resolution passed by the state legislature would cut TSET's share from 75% to 25%. Lawmakers are looking to use a chunk of the roughly $75 million a year for the state’s share of Medicaid expansion costs.