About Iron Gate
Our mission is simple: we feed hungry people.
Iron Gate’s primary mission is food—a basic need. The soup kitchen provides a hot and nutritious meal every day from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The food pantry distributes grocery bags every Tuesday and Thursday 11:45 am to 1:00pm and every Saturday from 8:30am to 10:30 am. The kid’s pantry distributes kid’s packs along with regular groceries to those families with children.
Iron Gate also provides:
- Social service agency referrals
- Invitations to social service agencies to come outreach to Iron Gate guests
- Hygiene kits
- Special holiday meals
- Socks, hats, gloves and blankets in cold weather (when available)
- Bottled water in excessive heat
- Free community voice mail and telephone use
2012 In review
If we can feed everyone who comes through our gates hungry today, we consider ourselves successful.
- 240,061 the number of people fed at the soup kitchen.
- 27,100 the number of grocery bags distributed feeding 55, 000 people.
- 7,500 the number of Kids' Packs of healthy, kid-friendly snacks given to Iron Gate kids.
- 5,000 plus volunteers
- 10,000 plus volunteer hours
- 100% Board of Directors and Advisory Council Giving
- 100% staff giving
Who Eats at Iron Gate?
The face of hunger in Tulsa has changed. Not all who eat at Iron Gate are homeless. Some are sheltered, but not in a home of their own. They stay in emergency shelters, sleep in their cars or couch surf with friends or family.
Demographics of Iron Gate guests:
- 25% of those who eat at our soup kitchen are homeless
- 13% of those who receive emergency groceries from our pantry are homeless
- 58% receive SNAP benefits (food stamps)
- 80% are male
- 70% percent are uninsured
- 45% are white
- 30% are Native American
- 25% are African-American