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June 29, 2014

Food Resource Center becomes permanent fixture

MOORE — What began as a temporary disaster relief center has rooted itself in Moore to provide long-term services as a Food Resource Center.

After evaluating the needs of the Moore community more closely, Angie Gains, director of marketing and communications of Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, said it was clear that the community needed assistance beyond the stress of the May 2013 devastating tornado.

“Once we got away from tornado disaster relief efforts, we realized there was a greater need aside from tornado recovery,” Gaines said.

The building, 2635 N. Shields Blvd. in Moore, was remodeled to become a

permanent fixture in the community as one of six Food Resource Centers in operation across Oklahoma. Other centers are located in Oklahoma City, Enid, Lawton and Elk City.

Dennis Hollenback was offered the opportunity to be manager of the Food Resource Center after previously serving as the volunteer center manager for RFBO for four years.

“I did not hesitate to say ‘yes,’” Hollenback said.

As a service of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the center provides food in a setting resembling a grocery store, providing needy families with refrigerated, frozen and non-perishable items as well as fresh fruits and vegetables.

“We try to encourage healthier food choices, and provide the resources for healthy eating habits,” Gaines said.

Hollenback said they put an emphasis on the grocery store-like atmosphere.

“From the moment the client walks through the door until they leave with a basket of food, we want to make sure that they have a first class experience,” Hollenback said.

Moore’s FRC serves Oklahoma City and Moore residents. Gaines said the FRCs are a solution to the growing challenge the increased demand for food.

The resource centers also go beyond providing food by increasing the exposure and access their clients have to nutrition education, as well as connecting them to other services available to them in their community.

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