Food-insecurity impacts 1 in 4 Oklahoma children. Many don’t always know where they will get their next meal. Summer is a particularly difficult time for these kids, as access to school meals becomes limited or non-existent. This adds further strain to families that are already struggling to put food on the table. For these families, the summer months mean increased food need along with utility costs as they care for children at home.
You can help to ensure kids and their families can enjoy their summer instead of worrying about where they’ll find their next meal. With your support, the Food Bank will implement the following programs to help address the increased need during the summer months:
Summer Feeding Program
This summer, for the first time, the Food Bank’s Culinary Center will produce thousands of meals each week and distribute them to a variety of feeding sites for students with the help of AmericaCorps Members. Free meals will be provided to all children aged 18 and under.
Volunteer opportunities are available for those who love working in a commercial kitchen and are committed to alleviating hunger for children. For information about volunteering in the Culinary Center, contact Teressia Kehr at 918-936-4512 or email@example.com.
In addition, Tulsa Public Schools’ Summer Café Program will provide meals for students. Some of those sites not only serve lunch, but will also be offering breakfast. For more information about the program, contact Kit Hines at 918-271-1520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partner Program Food Distribution
The Food Bank’s network of 450 Partner Programs serve more families in the summer months. They distribute additional fresh produce and other nutritious food to families whose children rely on free and reduced price meals during the school year.
Mobile Eatery Summer Break
The Food Bank’s Mobile Eatery will help fill the meal gap for children and families by daily providing ready-to-enjoy meals in high-poverty areas throughout the summer months.
Free Family Farmers’ Markets
The Food Bank will continue providing fresh produce and bakery items to students and their families through the Free Family Farmer’s Markets at CAP Tulsa’s early childhood education programs and Educare locations in the area.