The primary program at Other Options is the Friends Food Pantry which provides nutrient dense food, nutrition formula, and toiletries to over 1,064 adults and children able to shop weekly. It is estimated that Other Options provides 21 meals(7 breakfast, 7 lunch, 7 dinners) per client number. These men, women, and children are living below the poverty level. At least one member of the family lives with HIV or AIDS. The Food pantry shoppers are pre-qualified by other agencies in the HIV and AIDS fields. The majority of our food is purchased with grant funds at a bulk rate from the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank. Other Options also relies on businesses, churches, and private individuals to donate additional food items that we are not able to obtain from the Food Bank. Funding requirements are extensive in order for Other Options to be able to provide such a needed and critical service to the aforementioned target population. In sum, the cost of operating the Friends Food Pantry is approximately $5,500 a month.
The Friends Food Pantry at Other Options is the only free food source in the 405 and 580 area codes for the HIV population in Oklahoma. The number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Oklahoma is growing significantly which continually places a burden on Other Options to enhance its’ funding sources.
Other Options recognizes that this target population of children, youth, men, and women with HIV disease typically require a higher intake of proteins and complex carbohydrates as well as special formulas for babies and adults in trauma. This target population is unable to obtain this higher content food because of income restrictions and other pressing needs. Other Options proposes to increase our buying ability to offset the pressing needs of children and adults and to supplement with extra food sources. Contact Us to Learn More
Home Delivery Program
Other Options provides home deliveries to those individuals unable to shop at the Friends Food Pantry because their illness keeps them home-bound or bed-fast. Without the ability to provide home deliveries and transportation to the Friends Food Pantry, many of these adults and children would go without proper food supplements. Contact Us to Learn More
The HOPWA Program
The HOPWA Program was established by HUD to address the specific needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families and provide grants to local communities, States, and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low income persons medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families. Contact Us to Learn More
The purpose of Other Options, Inc. is to provide food, resources, services, and education to at-risk individuals and families with a focus on those affected by HIV and AIDS.
The primary program at Other Options is the Friends Food Pantry which provides nutrient dense food, nutrition formula, and toiletries to over 1,200 adults and children able to shop monthly. A delivery program for homebound and bedfast individuals/families that provides food baskets and easy to prepare meals is also in place at Other Options.
The Founding Board Members of Other Options working in the health care community in the early 1980s saw the need to educate and inform those who were affected by Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), as well as health professionals and government agencies. That need became the foundation for Other Options. Our charter and non-profit status were completed in 1989 in time to produce the AIDS for HIV/AIDS handbook requested by The Governors Task Force on AIDS. We have been active in the HIV and AIDS community since that time.
Collaborating with other HIV/AIDS Services and Community Based Organizations state-wide, Other Options is committed to providing quality care to the men, women and children living With HIV/AIDS as well as Prevention Education to the affected community.
Social Workers at Other Options network and refer clients to:
- Other HIV/AIDS Organizations as needed
- Health Professionals
- Legal Services
- HMOs, PPOs, Health Clinics
- Mental Health Facilities
- Support Groups
- Food Pantries and Services
- HIV Testing and Counseling
We offer confidential, personal assistance to all People Living With HIV/AIDS, assuring them comprehensive and individual care.
We Can’t Do It Alone
Other Options is an all volunteer agency. We continue to rely on caring people who give their time and energy. Our need for volunteers is as constant as the need for services. As a volunteer, you can use your talents and skills, learn a new one, teach others. Call us to schedule an informal meeting with our Volunteer Coordinator or Director.
Financial support comes from local foundations, corporations, religious organizations, civic groups, private donations and individuals like yourself as well as fund raising events in the community. Donations of fresh produce, milk, cheese, eggs and meat come from you. Bulk items are purchased with your money at the OKC Food Bank and other wholesale stores.
Other Options, Inc. is a non-profit organization, exempt from Federal taxation under the 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your donations are tax deductible.