ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - "Average family leaves here with 90 pounds of groceries, probably $200 to $300 worth of groceries," James Rosson said.
Executive Director James Rosson says about a quarter of a million dollars worth of food is given out to families from Carter, Love, Murray and Johnston counties each month from the Food and Resource Center of South Central Oklahoma.
"We actually have 5,000 families registered," James Rosson said. "The need is there, the need is massive - we average 150 applications a month."
Those four counties have a combined population of just over 83,000 people, 6% of those get their food from behind these doors and at this rate that number could climb to 8% in a year.
"We're a client choice food pantry which means that it's grocery store style shopping, they get to choose what they get not us," Rosson said.
All potential clients have to do is fill out an application at the center and show an ID and proof of address.
Once every thirty days the client's get to choose from a variety of foods donated by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
And it's all free of charges thanks to the help of grants and donations from the community.
The place is even run by volunteers. They stock shelves and help clients find the food they need.
Rosson says they've even started offering food and nutrition classes at 10 a.m. Tuesday's through the OSU extension.
"If a person completes 8 hours and it doesn't have to be 8 consecutive weeks, I'll give them a free certificate for an additional trip through anytime we are open, " Rosson said,
The center is open from 2 to 6 p.m. on Mondays and from 10 to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
For information about how to volunteer, donate or apply check out their website. http://www.feedingsouthcentralok.org/