Iron Gate feeds the hungry and homeless of Tulsa every day. Iron Gate began in 1978 with the dedication and hospitality of parishioners of Trinity Episcopal Church. Parishioners made sandwiches and distributed them to the downtown homeless from the church's cloister garden with its iron gate. Iron Gate became an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 1984. They feed people three ways. First, the daily community meal is a hot, healthy meal, served from 8:30-10:30 a.m. every day for everyone. In 2017, 209,991 meals were served. Second, the emergency grocery pantry provides grocery assistance, including fresh produce and proteins, three times a week. Iron Gate requires no proof of identity, citizenship or income to receive assistance through their grocery pantry. 11,936 families visited the pantry in 2017. Last, Kids Packs are quart-sized Ziploc bags, filled with kid-friendly, nutritious snacks. Kids Packs are given to every child who comes to Iron Gate during the community meal or when the household visits the grocery pantry. Every day hundreds of people come through the iron gates carrying with them challenges and hardships which are compounded by hunger. At Iron Gate there are no requirements in order to eat. Their philosophy is that everyone is a guest on this earth and guests treat one another with courtesy, kindness and respect.