The Jenks Community Food Bank recently received the Jenks Chamber of Commerce’s Community Impact Award, presented at the 2020 Inaugural Banquet Jan. 16. The Community Impact Award is given to an individual or organization that has gone above and beyond in pursuit of progress in the Jenks community. The winner will have made a considerable positive impact on the quality of life in the community through service, investment, leadership or another form of contribution.
Established in 1994, the Jenks Community Food Bank is a 501(c)3 organization run by a volunteer board of directors.
The Jenks Food Bank’s mission is to provide food assistance to individuals and families in need who live in the Jenks school district. They currently serve 417 families, representing 1,323 people (including 240 senior citizens and nearly 500 children under the age of 18).
During 2019, they distributed 226,000 pounds of food with a value of nearly $400,000.
Jenks Mayor Robert Lee said the food bank is truly a blessing to the community.
“As mayor of Jenks, I get to see first-hand all of the wonderful people and organizations that call our community ‘home.’ This award recognizes the best of Jenks and what helps make us the best place to raise a family in Oklahoma,” said Lee.
The food bank’s community partners include church groups, scout troops, sports teams, pom, cheer and civic clubs, as well as Jenks High School and Tulsa Community College students.
For a list of donation needs or to volunteer, visit the Jenks Community Food Bank website.