DBMP. BMS! I used to keep this on my grease board as a reminder. It is an acronym that means “Don’t bring me Problems. Bring me solutions. Well folks, this week I have given you a lot of problems surrounding Hunger in Oklahoma. Now lets look at the solutions…
If you were a struggling parent, elderly person or just down on your luck and having trouble putting food on the table, What would you do? I posed this question to some of the best credit counselors in Oklahoma and these were their responses…
DHS (food benefits). WIC if they had kids under 5, local food banks, if they have kids in school they can talk to the counselors office for referrals to get food. Most school districts have summer programs that offer free breakfast and lunch so the kids are getting at least 2 meals.
First start calling churches & food pantries. Some churches will give money, some food. That’s a start. Then if they have an income, they need to look into Angel food & similar programs. Also, they need to try to get food stamps.
Locally Our Daily Bread (Enid Ok) feeds lunch Mon-Fri 10am to noon. Salvation Army feeds a sack lunch Sat & Sun 12:30 – 1 pm they also serve meals Mon- Fri 7:30 am – 8 am and 4-4:30. Many of the local churches give out groceries and there are programs called Heartland Share and Angel Food Ministries that offer Discount Food purchase programs.
DHS emergency food stamps…. Community Action, Neighbor to Neighbor, Food Pantry depending where they are located. United Way 2-1-1, Salvation Army, Kiwanis in some areas. Ministerial Alliance just depends on where they are located I usually get on the internet to see what is available in their city and county.
United Way agencies such as Catholic Charities, or Salvation Army. Also the regional Food bank, They may qualify for food stamps. They can get food that way, too if they have kids underage 5 they can also get WIC numerous churches have food pantries, too
Anyone can also call 211 and tell them what they need for referrals.
I would probably refer them to the closest Oklahoma DHS Human Services Center and send them the Request for Benefits and Services form from DHS so he could apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also known as food stamps. If he earns too much, I would recommend calling 2-1-1 for a list of food pantries in his area. Also, Angel Food could be a help regardless of his income and they also participate in SNAP.
I would call the Food Bank for the nearest location that could help them. Give them a copy of Quick Guide To Social Services,Then refer them to Department of Human Services to apply for food stamps.
Please let me leave you with this…
If you are in need – Services are there and waiting. If you need help, take it!! Let pride go before the fall.
The rest of us – BE AWARE and be willing to step up and help. Maybe it is as simple as asking are you OK? Many kids go hungry because the parents are unable, unwilling or uninvolved and remember…you’re not unaffected.
FYI.. Food Stamps are now known as “SNAP” and come on a card so no one ever needs to know that you use
Thanks for allowing me to share what has been on my heart… God Bless you all.
Anthony Murray is an NFCC Certified Consumer Credit Counselor and Bankruptcy Services Coordinator at Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Oklahoma. CCCS is a non-profit Credit Counseling agency with offices in Oklahoma City, Bethany, Enid, Stillwater and Tinker Air Force Base. Contact us at http://www.cccsok.org or 1-800-364-2227
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