Community Partners of the Tulsa Food Security Council

Community Action Project Tulsa County (CAP)
Community Action Project of Tulsa County is a comprehensive anti-poverty agency that provides supportive services to low-income families in the Tulsa area. The mission of CAP is to help families in economic need achieve self-sufficiency. CAP’s programs and goals reflect a strategic vision to improve the prospects for long-term economic success of very young low-income children, their families, and the communities in which they live. CAP’s Innovation Lab is responsible for identifying and exploring new approaches to poverty reduction, in addition to providing research, developing and participating in effective collaborations, and building the capacity of the agency to think creatively in its approach to providing anti-poverty services.

Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma (CFBEO)
The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is the largest, private hunger-relief organization in eastern Oklahoma. Located in Tulsa, CFBEO distributes food and other grocery items to 450 partner programs in 24 counties of eastern Oklahoma. In turn, those programs collectively feed 60,000 people each week, the equivalent of 865,000 meals per month. In fiscal year 2011, the Food Bank distributed 16.9 million pounds of food. Almost 90 percent of the food distributing is donated by through a network of local grocers and retailers, national food manufacturers, growers, and individuals and organizations that hold food drives. About ten percent of the food distributed is purchased. The Food Bank helps raise public awareness about hunger and the role of food banking in alleviating hunger.

Get Lean Tulsa
Get Lean Tulsa is dedicated to giving you the information and tools you can use to be healthy, active and happy! Get Lean Tulsa is determined to change our city and states’ unhealthy rankings for nutrition and exercise. Working together with community partners, Get Lean Tulsa promotes projects to help Tulsans improve their health awareness, nutrition goals and fitness levels, while also educating children and their parents on health and fitness models.

Healthy Community Store Initiative (HCSI)
The mission of the Healthy Community Store Initiative is to enhance the lives of Oklahomans through better access to food systems. HCSI assists businesses improve bargaining power, reduce costs and obtain competitively priced wholesale products otherwise unavailable to small grocery operators, restaurants and community nonprofit organizations. HCSI is working to facilitate the expansion of local food production and broadens market opportunities for urban and rural farming and ranching enterprises by providing a consistent wholesale buying market and transportation system. HCSI provides community wide social marketing to promote nutrition, consumer food education, entrepreneurial training opportunities in agricultural and related career paths, sustainable farming techniques and neighborhood promotion.

INCOG Area Agency on Aging (IAAA)
The mission of the INCOG Area Agency on Aging is to improve quality of life by promoting independence, dignity and health for senior citizens through advocacy, education and support of community based services. By providing a range of options that allow older adults to choose the home and community-based services and living arrangements that suit them best, IAAA makes it possible for older adults to remain in their homes and communities as long as possible.

Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa (IHCRC)
The mission of Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa is to provide quality, comprehensive health care to Tulsa area Indian people in a culturally sensitive manner that promotes good health, well-being and harmony. Through the establishment of a network of school and community gardens, IHCRC is actively promoting improved nutrition for Tulsans living in areas with high health disparities and food deserts. In 2009, IHCRC used a federal community food project grant to help launch the formation of the Tulsa Food Security Council. Currently, IHCRC partnering with community partners on an Office of Minority Health project to improve the health of Tulsa’s American Indian, African American and Hispanic/Latino populations. The overall project goal is to improve outcomes for Tulsa’s at-risk minority populations in the areas of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Mvskoke Food Sovereignty Initiative (MFSI)
Mvskoke Food Sovereignty Initiative is a grassroots, Native American led organization located in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, capitol of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. MFSI works to enable the Mvskoke people and their neighbors to provide for their food and health needs now and in the future through sustainable agriculture, economic development, community involvement, cultural and educational programs. In 2010, MFSI worked with Muscogee (Creek) Nation to establish a Food and Fitness Policy Council to promote tribal food sustainability, through the passage of a tribal resolution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Oklahoma Farm and Food Alliance (OFFA)
The Oklahoma Farm and Food Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing healthy, local food systems in Oklahoma through effective education and outreach, policy advocacy at every level of government, and food system networking. The Oklahoma Buy Fresh Buy Local (BFBL) social marketing initiative promotes small farms and locally grown food, providing database listings statewide, to make it easier to connect to consumers and institutions for food purchases. OFFA creates farmers market brochures and food guides through partners, sponsors and memberships. OFFA also offers food policy council consultation, facilitations, trainings and workshops.

The Pearl Farmers Market (PFM)
The Pearl Farmers Market was established in January 2007 to bring a source of fresh produce into back to the downtown area after many of the local grocery stores disappeared. The nonprofit Pearl Farmers Market operates on Thursday evenings from 4 to 7 pm at the southwest corner of Peoria and 6th Street in Centennial Park. The market’s constituency includes neighborhood residents of diverse incomes, federal food assistance beneficiaries and employees working in central Tulsa. The mission of the Pearl Farmers Market is to improve access to nutritious local foods and support the development of sustainable local agriculture and food production. PFM is committed to fostering a healthy, vibrant, diverse, urban environment in Tulsa.

Sustainable Green Country (SGC)
Sustainable Green Country is a regional chapter of the Oklahoma Sustainability Network, a nonprofit organization with a mission to interconnect the urban with the rural, to create a more sustainable community. Located in the northeastern region of Oklahoma known as Green Country, SGC promotes building healthy sustainable communities by connecting through events, trainings, workshops, films and projects. Successful initiatives of SGC include the Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign, the Local Food Day Celebration, establishing Tulsa’s first evening urban farmers market (Pearl Farmers Market) and assisting six new farmers markets start-ups in Green Country, and partnering with the Cherokee Nation to establish food policy councils in Pryor and Tahlequah. In January 2012, SGC launched its most recent initiative with the formation of a new alliance called the Oklahoma Farm and Food Alliance.

Southwest Tulsa Chamber of Commerce
The Southwest Tulsa Chamber of Commerce advances the general welfare and prosperity of the Southwest Tulsa Area so that its citizens and all areas of the business community prosper.

Sustainable Tulsa
Sustainable Tulsa promotes responsible economic growth, environmental stewardship, and quality of life for all to achieve a vision for Tulsa to be recognized as the sustainability leader of the midwest. Sustainable Tulsa creates sustainability projects, events and planning through education, collaborations and implementation. Sustainable Tulsa reaches out to Tulsans through First Thursdays! monthly networking meetings, Tulsa Area Green Directory, an informative website, an active Facebook page and local partnerships. Sustainable Tulsa’s partnerships include the Henry Bellmon Sustainability Awards with the Southside Rotary Club of Tulsa, Eloté SalsaFest with Eloté Café and Catering, co-sponsorship of the collaboratorium and a Partnership in Education project with McLain Junior/High School for Science and Technology to create the McLain Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Tulsa County Wellness Partnership (TCWP)
In May 2011, the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Trust (TSET) awarded five years of funding to the Tulsa County Wellness Partnership to support a community of excellence in Nutrition and Fitness program in Tulsa County. Managed by the Tulsa Health Department and facilitated by the Community Service Council, the TCWP is dedicated to changing policy and environments in Tulsa County to make healthy nutrition and fitness the easy choice in schools, workplaces and communities. The ultimate goal of the TCWP and 14 similar programs throughout the state is to reduce Oklahoma’s increasing obesity rates, and resulting physical and financial toll on individuals, communities and the State of Oklahoma.

Tulsa County OSU Cooperative Extension
The Tulsa County Cooperative Extension Office is part of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) and the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University (OSU). OCES is funded through a partnership between federal, state and county governments. Extension's purpose is to provide research-based information and education to help Oklahomans make their lives better. While traditional college and career tech instructors teach skills for employment, Extension educators teach skills for living. Extension plays a vital role in urban Tulsa County by providing practical information to help people improve their quality of life. Extension educators provide programs on the environment, economic development, family life, health, nutrition and youth development.

Tulsa Health Department (THD)
The vision of the Tulsa Health Department is a community of empowered citizens making healthy choices that carry forward for future generations. This vision shapes the THD mission to sustain an equitable system that prevents disease, promotes healthy living and ensures preparedness. THD advances its mission by upholding core values of health equity; collaboration; community empowerment and respect; healthy people; healthy environment; and service excellence. The prevention of the spread of disease is promoted to protect the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. THD promotes healthy behaviors and works to improve access to health care with an emphasis on prevention and early detection.