Food Basket Outreach

Food Basket Outreach 2017-07-17T17:07:33+00:00

Oklahoma City’s Jesus House supports needy with Thanksgiving baskets

Volunteers and shelter officials at Jesus House in Oklahoma City distributed 500 frozen turkeys and sacks filled with groceries.

Dozens of volunteers turned out Tuesday to assist the Jesus House homeless shelter with its annual Thanksgiving basket giveaway program.

Volunteers and shelter officials distributed 500 frozen turkeys and sacks filled with groceries to people who waited in a long line outside the Jesus House’s annex Tuesday morning. That came after a similar giveaway Monday morning.

Shelter Executive Director Michael Bateman said they will hand out an additional 500 turkeys and groceries starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday at their warehouse at W Sheridan and N McKinley.

From staff reports


Jesus House of Oklahoma City is seeking donations for its annual 2017 Thanksgiving food basket distribution campaign. Each year Jesus House distributes hundreds of Thanksgiving food baskets on the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving (November 20-21). The distributions will take place from 8:00 am until designated supplies for the day are exhausted. The food baskets typically contain most of the ingredients to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, including a frozen turkey or ham.

“The Thanksgiving food basket campaign is a signature event of Jesus House which helps low income households in Oklahoma City with groceries for Thanksgiving dinner. Last year, we distributed over 1,500 Thanksgiving food baskets in the two days before Thanksgiving. We expect to exceed those numbers this year.”

Items needed for donation for the distribution of Thanksgiving food baskets include: frozen turkeys or hams, boxed stuffing mix, chicken broth, turkey or chicken gravy mixes, instant mashed potatoes, canned cranberries or cranberry sauce, canned yams, chicken broth and canned vegetables. Dessert mixes and pie fillings are appreciated. Donations may be dropped off at the Jesus House offices at 1335 West Sheridan in Oklahoma City until 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 21st.

For more information on the food drive or if you would like to volunteer, go to our web page at or call (405)232-7164, also follow us on Face Book and Twitter.

Thank you and God Bless,

Mike Bateman, Executive Director of the Jesus House,

More About Food Basket Outreach

Jesus House distributes essential grocery items to low income families three times a week with our food basket outreach.  On average, we distribute approximately 300 food baskets each week, with each food basket containing 30 to 50 pounds of food.  Food basket distribution at Jesus House is a long-time tradition and well known ministry to our community.  Our Thanksgiving dinner baskets are one of the most well known examples of successful food basket distribution in our area.  Distributing approximately 1,000 baskets for preparing a turkey dinner, our low income neighbors have come to rely on us for this important traditional dinner in difficult times.  We also distribute special food baskets at Christmas and Easter.  As many people in our community know through our food basket outreach, love lives here.