The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma's Mobile Pantry Program will distribute pantry boxes and various produce and pastry items Wednesday to Quapaw citizens in need, identified by the host agency. Families must have a ticket to receive food.

The Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Program travels the eastern 24 counties to provide emergency food assistance to struggling communities.

The Quapaw distribution will take place from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church at 419 Kentucky St. in Quapaw.

The last time the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Mobile Pantry program was in Quapaw was in July. At that time, the Food Bank served 110 households, 330 individuals and distributed 8,656 pounds of food.

In 2011 and July in the past 4 distributions in Quapaw 417 households were served and 1,412 individuals, and 35,447 pounds of food distributed.

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, the largest, private hunger-relief organization in eastern Oklahoma, serves 450 Partner Programs in 24 counties in eastern Oklahoma. It is hosted by First Baptist Church.

The Food Bank helps feed more than 70,000 Oklahomans each week, and through its Mobile Pantry Program, the Food Bank distributes much needed food items to those in the community.

The United States Department of Agriculture released its Household Food Security in the United States in 2010 report showing Oklahoma leads the nation, along with Arkansas, as the hungriest state.