City Rescue Mission homeless shelter held a grand opening for its new Impact Hunger Food Resource Center on Wednesday.
The center at 831 W California is across from the shelter at 800 W California. Mission leaders said the center is part of the shelter's FeedOKCNow Campaign to provide nutritious food to the poor, disadvantaged and homeless in the community.
A spokeswoman for the shelter said the center is projected to provide an estimated 1.2 million free meals to the “near homeless” in its first year.
It is set up like a grocery store where the needy may select food for their families.
Speakers at Wednesday's grand opening included Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
A section of California Avenue was closed for the event, which included music from the Sugar Free All Stars, refreshments from the Oilfield Christian Fellowship and children's activities.