In the economic decline since 2006, the number of people coming to us for food has increased 396%.
In a social service agency such as Iron Gate, the value of in-kind (donated or deeply discounted) food and services is important is determining the cost of operation.
Cash - Donations come from individuals, the faith community, foundations, businesses and fund raisers, especially our premier fund raiser, "Cooking for a Cause."
In-kind - Some 200 volunteers from businesses, schools, civic organizations, faith community groups, families and individuals stock our cupboards, bag and distribute groceries, serve the food in our dining room, conduct food drives and provide professional services pro bono.
Where do we get the food we serve?
In 2012, we served 350, 000 lbs. of food through the soup kitchen and grocery pantry. That's the equivalent of 87 1/2 automobiles.
- 92% of the food was purchased (usually discounted) at a total cost of $365, 625
- 43% from the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and the Community Co-Op
- 42% from U.S. Foods
- 9 % from Save a - Lot
- 6 % of the food was donated (Reasor's, Panera, First Baptist of Owasso, Harvest Church, John Knox Presbyterian and individuals
Our food storage is limited, so we pick up food or receive food deliveries every week day.