About Iron Gate

Our mission is simple: we feed hungry people. 

Services

Iron Gate’s primary mission is food—a basic need. The soup kitchen provides a hot and nutritious meal every day from 8:00-10:30 a.m. The food pantry distributes grocery bags every Tuesday and Thursday 11:45 am to 1:00pm and every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. The kid’s pantry distributes kid’s packs along with regular groceries to those families with children. 

View our Flyers: Informational | 2012 Annual Report | Iron Gate Numbers 2006 - 2013

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
2013 In review

If we can feed everyone who comes through our gates hungry today, we consider ourselves successful. 

  • 309,370 total individuals served
  • 233,235 the number of people fed at the soup kitchen
  • 64,600 the number of grocery bags distributed to individuals
  • 32,300 he number of grocery bags distributes to households
  • 11,535 the number of Kids' Packs of healthy, kid-friendly snacks given to Iron Gate kids
  •  3,650 regular volunteers and 1,850 volunteers from groups
  • 11,000 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