We are Joseph House Community Food Bank of Abundant Rain Ministries in Coweta, Oklahoma, and we are ready to make a big difference. Dedicated and determined, we have developed an exciting program to help families in need. We are Giving Groceries and Frozen Foods to Help Humanity. Our organization consists of mom, dads, and teens and many more who have volunteered countless hours lending a helping hand Our program has already proved itself effective, and with continued funding we can help save so many more.
We started our mission in America by traveling door-to-door visiting with people and listening to their needs. Often we have heard people say, "I was just praying that God would send help." We have been faithfully working feeding families and helping with other resources as they are available.
To ensure that no child goes unfed under our area of influence.
To provide food relief for elderly on retirement with low or no income.
To provide groceries to families due to unemployment/illness/medical.
To provide emergency food aid for any national crisis situation.
Expand facilities and increase equipment to effectively distribute food.
The Harsh Reality of Hunger in Our Own Backyard Sadly, according to the USDA, Oklahoma ranks fourth in the nation in the number of people who are "very low food insecure," or hungry, at 6.5 percent. We rank fifth in the nation at 15.2 percent in the number of people who are food insecure, which is defined by the USDA as being hungry at times during the year due to lack of money for food.
The Faces of the Hungry in Oklahoma
11.4% of households living in our 24-county service area have used an emergency food program at least once in the last year.
44% of household members served by emergency pantry programs are children under the age of 18.
Of households experiencing hunger, less than 20% are classified as unemployed. More than one-third are disabled and/or retired, while the remaining 46% have at least one working member.
25.4% of Oklahomans living in U. S. Congressional District 2, which is the majority of our service area, report that at times during the year they do not have enough money to buy food that their family needs, that’s one in four Oklahomans.
16.2% of Oklahomans live in poverty.
The poverty level is $22,050 for a family of four.
More than 23% of our children live in poverty, which means more then one in five Oklahoma children is at risk of going to bed hungry every night.
65% of all client households using emergency food pantries had monthly incomes of less than $1,000.
48% of households served at food pantries report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities.
45% of seniors report having to choose between paying for food and paying for medical care or medicine.
36% had to choose between paying for food and paying rent or mortgage.
34% had to choose between paying for food and paying for transportation.
Emergency Food Programs
The Food Bank is by far the single most important source of food for emergency food programs, accounting for 70% of food used by pantries, 56% of food used by soup kitchens and 42% of food used by shelters.
The single fastest growing group of people relying on emergency feeding programs is the working poor: households where both parents may be working, or where one is holding down one or more low-paying jobs.