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 will host 12 federal Summer Feeding sites in Tulsa at select libraries and youth centers. Our Culinary Center will produce thousands of meals each week and distribute them with the help of several AmericaCorps members spending their time in service to the community.
With so much going on in the kitchen, we love for you to volunteer preparing and assembling food for children. For information about volunteering in the Culinary Center, contact Teressia Kehr at 918-936-4512 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Mobile Eatery Summer Break
The Food Bank’s Mobile Eateries will help fill the meal gap for children and families by providing about 1,800 ready-to-enjoy meals in high-poverty areas throughout the summer months. Particular focus is placed in the gaps of time between school sessions and the Summer Feeding Program and Summer Café schedules.
Free Family Farmers’ Markets
The Food Bank will increase the fresh produce and bakery items provided 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.
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.