Iron Gate is celebrating its 40th year with the mission of feeding the hungry of Tulsa every day. Members of Iron Gate feed people in three ways, through the soup kitchen, grocery pantry and Kids Pantry.
The people who eat at Iron Gate are called “guests” because they are invited to eat there. The philosophy is that all people are guests on this earth and guests treat one another with courtesy, kindness and respect.
The Vision of Iron Gate is to be a friendly, welcoming place where all are greeted with a smile, a place of comfort and wholesome food, and a temporary respite from the major problems awaiting guests outside the gates of Iron Gate: unemployment, poverty, health care, shelter, transportation and more.
Iron Gate started in 1978 when three Trinity Episcopal Church parishioners stepped outside a men’s Bible class to make a homeless man a sandwich. The ministry grew and the word on the street spread: “If you’re hungry, go to the church with the iron gate.”
Iron Gate separated legally from the church and became its own 501©3 organization in 1984. Since opening, Iron Gate has never turned anyone away who was hungry. Iron Gate recently announced it will be moving from the Trinity Episcopal Church location to a new facility at West Archer and North Frisco in Tulsa. Thanks to the generosity of Trinity Episcopal Church, foundations, corporations, the faith community and individuals, Iron Gate continues serving the hungry of Tulsa every day.