"Poverty is a very complicated issue, but feeding a child is not.” -Jeff Bridges
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 higher utility costs as they care for children at home.
You can help ensure kids and their families can enjoy their summer instead of worrying about where they’ll find their next meal. The Food Bank has a plan to achieve a Hunger-Free Summer for area children. It is comprehensive, but not complicated. With your support, the Food Bank will implement the following programs to help address the increased need during the summer months. For a map of Food Bank sponsored summer feeding sites in the Tulsa area, click here.
Summer Feeding Programs
This summer, for the second year, 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.
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.
Rural Summer Food Service Program Meals
For the first time, thanks to a grant from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, the Food Bank will prepare and deliver shelf-stable summer meals to partners outside the Tulsa area. This includes sites as far north and east as Vinita and Langley, and as far south as Idabel and Broken Bow.
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, Educare locations, and for the first time in 2018, markets will also be available at several sites with YMCA of Greater Tulsa Go programs. At Go sites an additional emphasis is placed on addressing the needs of the whole family with nutrition education and empowerment including produce samples and activities for children, as well as distributing 30-40 pounds of fresh food to each household.
Partner Program Food Distribution
The Food Bank’s network of 465 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.
Tulsa Public Schools
Tulsa Public Schools’ Summer Café Program will provide meals for students. Some of those sites not only serve lunch, but will also offer breakfast. For more information about TPS' program, contact Kit Hines at 918-271-1520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.