In the economic decline since 2008, the number of people coming to us for food has increased 72% and our food expenses have increased 60%.
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. Broken Arrow Neighbors gives us regular donations of food. 16 cents a pound. Substantial increases in demand from other social service agencies have resulted in some food shortages at the Food Bank. Then we must purchase the food we need. Reasors and Warehouse Market give us generous discount.