The Dorothy Day Center is a food pantry that
serves the greater metropolitan area of
Oklahoma City. We are part of the
parish social ministry program at St.
Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Our
ministry is run completely by volunteers.
We have no paid staff, therefore most of our
budget is spent on direct aid, and a small
amount is spent on equipment for operations.
We also have an organic, urban community
garden that provides fresh fruit, nuts and
vegetables for our food pantry or anyone
else who would like to partake of the
harvest. The St. Charles Community
Garden is part of a growing national trend
to teach gardening to the urban community.
Our gardening methods ensure the highest
possible yield, with absolutely no damage to
We work hand in hand with The Regional Food
Bank of Oklahoma to provide food and
supplies to the poor and marginalized of our
community. This relationship allows us
to procure food and supplies at a cost of
about 16 cents a pound.
We average approximately 350 deliveries
of food to about 955 individuals a month.
Our food pantry is a delivery only food
pantry. We deliver approximately 14,300
pounds of food a month. When people call or are
referred to our ministry they are contacted
by a volunteer who then sets up a time when
they can deliver the food.