WHAT IS PROJECT 66?
Since our founding in 2010, Project 66 has been at the forefront of the fight against hunger in central Oklahoma. As an affiliate of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Project 66 distributes food to people who would otherwise go undernourished, such as children, the elderly, the disabled, and families who are facing difficult economic times. We also connect our clients with local resources that may help them with other issues they are facing, such as finding community clinics, learning English, or getting assistance with rent or utilities.
Our name comes from our original location in Arcadia, Oklahoma, just off of the historic Route 66 highway. Our considerable growth since 2010 made it necessary for us to move to a larger facility in Edmond, away from Route 66. Nonetheless, we wanted to stay true to our roots, so we changed our name from the "Route 66 Project" to the Project 66 Food & Resource Center. While our name and location have changed, our mission has always stayed the same - to serve those who are struggling, in the name of Jesus Christ.
In 2016, Project 66...
Served 12,715 people, representing 4,025 families
80% of clients live in Edmond or have children in the EPS system
Distributed more than 272,000 pounds of food
Logged over 17,000 volunteer hours
Supplied more than 400 Thanksgiving baskets in November alone
He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.
HOW DOES PROJECT 66 SERVE ITS CLIENTS?
Our clients may visit us once a month to supplement their food needs. Project 66 operates as a Client Choice Program, where people pick their own items, rather than receiving a pre-packaged box. This significantly reduces the possibility of waste (as people tend not to take food they won't use) and allows clients to maintain their diets in accordance with their nutritional needs and cultural practices. Giving clients a choice can also help to preserve their dignity during a difficult time, which is very important to us.
Grocery stores from our city generously donate food to us weekly, enabling us to pass along fresh foods like produce, meat and dairy. This helps to cover our clients' nutritional needs while also significantly reducing their grocery expenses.
Before our clients select their food choices, they go through an intake process. During that time we listen to their needs and try to identify any issues that we may be able to help them with. We also ask for the privilege of praying with them. While we are honored to have the opportunity to pray with and for our clients, this is not required for them to receive help.
All people who are in need are welcome at Project 66!