Food On The Move (FOTM), a mobile food initiative, is a collaboration of food and health experts and community partners to mobilize quality food into hard-to-reach economically challenged areas, helping to combat hunger in Tulsa and Oklahoma in a new way. The Junior League of Tulsa (JLT) is proud to partner with Food on the Move for the 2019-20 League year. The JLT Food on the Move Committee supports the program and assists with FOTM’s mobile grocery initiative which hosts two events per month. All Food on the Move events are “pay as you can,” allowing every family to take home fresh produce despite facing financial challenges.
The committee kicked off their League year with FOTM’s first event of the school year which coincided with the Tulsa Edurec’s Back to School event on August 17th. Attendees were able to visit the FOTM mobile grocery truck and take home healthy, quality food for their families. JLT members distributed bread, fruit, and produce. In addition, students from Tulsa Tech gave complimentary haircuts and manicures to attendees, and students from OSU-Tulsa administered free health screenings. Local vendors were on site to serve meals and snacks to all attendees.
The second FOTM was held August 22nd at the Tulsa Community College Northeast Campus. The TCC Northeast Campus was a new location for 2019. This small change made a big difference in attendance despite wet weather that day. Rhiannon Staigler, Chair of the Food on the Move Committee said of the event, “It was one of the busiest Thursdays we have ever had, rain and all!” Mariam Conley, JLT active member, joined the FOTM Committee because she wanted to learn more about programs designed to address food insecurity in Oklahoma. After attending her first event on September 17th at Edurec, she felt she was making an impact and that she played a small role in the overall services provided.
Food on the Move will host a special event on Saturday, November 9th in conjunction with the Philbrook Museum of Art’s Second Saturday programming. The Philbrook Museum of Art is partnering with Food on the Move, Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to explore the impacts of hunger in the Tulsa community. Taylor Hanson, founder of Food on the Move, will speak to guests at 1:00 p.m. Museum admission is free during Second Saturday and special activities are available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., including a scavenger hunt around the museum, storytime, harvesting fresh veggies from the Philbrook gardens, and a garden tour. Attendees can learn more about hunger in Tulsa, how to get involved, and create artwork that explores gratitude and giving. If you are active military, veteran, or a family member, please reach out to Rhiannon Staiger or Shar Carter for more details by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Food on the Move events at TCC Northeast and Edurec are ongoing, with one event at each location per month. More information and event dates can be found at www.foodonthemoveok.com/.