Telecommunications company donates $2,121 to help during COVID-19 pandemic
By Jeff Harrison
Companies across the state are stepping up their efforts help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
AT&T Oklahoma did just that last week.
The telecommunications company, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, last Friday provided a check for $2,121 to the Mid-Del Food Pantry to assist families who are struggling during these difficult times.
Mike Anderson, Mid-Del Food Pantry director, thanked AT&T Oklahoma and said the donation will be used to buy food and cover operation expenses for the non-profit.
“The community support has just been incredible. It’s really humbling,” Anderson said. “We wouldn’t be anywhere without it.”
The Mid-Del Food Pantry provides food to families throughout eastern Oklahoma County. Anderson said demand for their services has remained steady since the virus hit in March, but donations have plummeted. The pantry is providing food to about 100 families per week.
“Donations from the grocery stores have gone down considerably because there was nothing left on the shelves for so long,” Anderson said. “Now we have to buy a lot of food.”
AT&T has reached out to those playing a critical role during the pandemic. Earlier in the year, the company said ‘thank you’ to first responders, medical personnel and grocery store workers by providing free meals at participating restaurants in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Norman.
“From emergency rooms, to food pantries, to grocery shelves, hundreds of fellow Oklahomans are sacrificing and risking their own safety to care for our fellow neighbors. This is one way we can show our gratitude, while also supporting local establishments.” said Jason Constable, AT&T Director External Affairs.
The food pantry has changed its hours due to the virus. It is now open from 10 a.m. until noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
It is located at 322 N. Midwest Blvd., behind Midwest Boulevard Church of Christ. For more information, call (405) 732-3603.