Iron Gate's mission is simple. We feed the hungry of Tulsa—every day. We feed people in three ways, through our soup kitchen, grocery pantry and Kids Pantry.
We call those who eat at Iron Gate our “guests” because we invite them to eat with us. Our philosophy is we are all guests on this earth and guests treat one another with courtesy, kindness and respect.
To be a friendly, welcoming place where all are greeted with a smile—a place of comfort and wholesome food, and a temporary respite from the major problems awaiting our guests outside our gates—unemployment, poverty, health care, shelter, transportation and more.
In 1978, three Trinity Episcopal Church parishioners stepped outside a men’s Bible class to make a homeless man a sandwich. The ministry grew and the word on the street spread: “If you’re hungry, go to the church with the iron gate.”
Iron Gate separated legally from the church and became its own 501(c)3 organization in 1984. Since opening, Iron Gate has never turned anyone away who was hungry. Iron Gate is located in the basement of Trinity Episcopal Church, although we are not affiliated with the church. Thanks to the generosity of foundations, corporations, the faith community and individuals, we continue serving the hungry of Tulsa—every day.