Historic Vernon AME helping feed Tulsans during pandemic

Community helping Vernon AME supply meals to Tulsans in need

Tulsa, Okla. — Update 4/27/2020: Pastor Turner says thanks, to FOX23 viewers and other Tulsans, they are no longer in dire need for food donations. He says people have been stepping up, and they’ve been able to help thousands of people eat during the pandemic.

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Some Tulsa businesses have stepped up to provide donations in support of the congregation’s efforts.

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Vernon AME in North Tulsa has a long history of pulling together to help their community overcome great odds now is no different. Despite operating on limited funding, the church has fed over 1,000 Oklahoman’s since it began offering carry-out meals free of charge.

Depending on supplies, the church has provided drive-through breakfast in the morning and a bag full of groceries in the afternoon. According to Vernon AME Pastor, ​Rev. Dr. Robert R.A. Turner​, it was clear after the first day that word had spread far beyond those normally seated in Vernon’s pews. “There is a real need in Tulsa right now. Under normal circumstances, many of these families already have to travel far from their homes for groceries,” said Turner. “With the added economic pressures of sweeping unemployment and school closures, we knew we needed to act fast to keep our community from going hungry.”

There is also a fear that low-income families may begin to ration their medications in order to keep food on the table. While the church has been blessed to receive donations from a number of businesses and organizations, the need is quickly growing. Vernon AME is resolute to continue providing for both the hearts and stomachs of those in need -parishioners or not. The church is seeking ​perishable/non-perishable groceries, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, gloves, and masks. Donations can be dropped off at Vernon AME, 311 N. Green Ave, Tulsa, OK 74120, daily between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Please email Pastor Turner at robertturner15@hotmail.com to coordinate drop-offs, as volunteers will be hard at work inside bagging groceries.