Donna Wilcox, My Fit Foods nutrition coach, shows the Cherry Street store’s collection of fresh, healthy meals available to customers. The store donates food to Family & Children’s Services Early Childhood Program clients.
TULSA, Okla. – Family & Children’s Services has partnered with a Midtown Tulsa health food retailer that’s benefiting clients in need.
The partnership with My Fit Foods, an Austin-based chain with more than 50 locations in five states, provides F&CS Early Childhood Program clients about 20 free healthy meals – packed with vegetables and other fresh ingredients – per day.
Taryn Maness, the general manager of the chain’s location at 1601 E. 15th St., said the store’s charitable contribution is going to a great place.
“The people who work at Family & Children’s Services are amazing and always helpful,” Maness said. “I know a lot of people in the area need help, too.”
Curtis Peebles, F&CS community resource coordinator, said he approached the store two years ago. The manager then, Jack Jones, agreed to donate food that was still good, but its sell-by date had expired.
“So we pick the food up, hold it for eight hours, and either give it away or toss what is left by 4 p.m. the next day,” Peebles said.
Peebles noted the food has its nutritional value listed on the bottom of each package, and that its contents are good for people wanting to eat healthily.
Melissa Robinson, program manager with F&CS Early Childhood Program, said the meals are a huge benefit to people in need.
Most F&CS clients live in poverty. Often, one of their chief concerns is where they will get their next meal.
“With reductions in government programs such as food stamps, along with rising costs of food, housing and utilities costs force families to choose between buying food and paying bills,” said Robinson, who added that families often have trouble getting to food pantries. “My Fit meals have made it possible to provide healthy meals to our families who need emergency food.”
For information on how your business can support Family & Children’s Services, call 918-587-9471.
About Family & Children’s Services
For 90 years, Family & Children’s Services has been the place to turn for help with problems that seem overwhelming and too difficult to handle alone. The agency restores children’s well-being, heals victims of abuse, strengthens individuals and families, and provides hope and recovery for adults suffering from mental illness and addictions. Today, its life-changing services help one in six Tulsans.
Family & Children’s Services is a partner agency of the Tulsa Area United Way. F&CS is also a member of the following national organizations: Mental Health Corporations of America and the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. F&CS is certified with distinction as a community mental health center by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. F&CS is also certified with distinction as a Community Mental Health Center by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Additionally, F&CS is certified by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as an Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program and certified with distinction as a Gambling Treatment Program.