Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Provides Summer Food Service Program Nutritious Meals for Children This Summer

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma announces its sponsorship of Summer Food Service Program sites for children. Summer is a particularly difficult time for many children when access to school meals becomes limited or non-existent. Missing those meals 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 summer expenses as they care for children at home.

Beginning, Monday, June 3 through August 2, children 18 years of age and under can access meals free of charge. Additionally, persons over age 18 determined to be handicapped by a state or local educational agency and who participate in a public or nonprofit private school program for persons who are mentally or physically handicapped will also be served.

“This summer the Food Bank has more than doubled the number of summer sites where children can get nutritious food. This includes more fresh produce to families and more meals to rural communities,” stated Eileen Bradshaw, the Food Bank’s executive director. “We know kids need healthy meals to grow, maintain their health, and to return to school ready to learn when summer concludes. The Food Bank is here to support the parents who worry about how they can provide those healthy meals.”

Thanks to a grant from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, the Food Bank’s summer feeding program will expand its reach in counties with 20% or higher child food insecurity rates. This includes delivering shelf-stable summer meals outside the Tulsa area to partner sites as far north and east as Miami, Vinita and Langley, and as far south as Idabel and Broken Bow.

“The Food Bank has worked extensively with our partners to expanding our summer feeding program to serve more children,” said Shiraya Proffitt, community initiatives manager for the Food Bank. “Oklahoma ranks 51st in the country for feeding children in the summer, and I think everyone wants to remedy that situation. This summer our program will include partnerships with libraries, community centers, faith-based organizations, and the YMCA of Greater Tulsa.”

Meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. For a complete listing of Food Bank sponsored sites, please visit the Food Bank’s Hunger-Free Summer webpage. For additional sites go to meals4kidsok.org.

The Food Bank’s Food for Kids programs, such as Free Family Farmers’ Markets at low-income early learning centers, Backpack Program, School Pantries, and Extended Holiday Feeding programs, are all vehicles to get nutritious food to children experiencing hunger. For more information about the Food Bank visit okfoodbank.org or call 918-585-2800.

Non-discrimination Statement: 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

About the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

Founded in 1981, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is one of the largest, private hunger-relief organizations in Oklahoma. With branches in Tulsa and McAlester, it distributes food to people in need through 720 programs and Partner Agencies in 24 counties of eastern Oklahoma. Feeding programs include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, child feeding programs, senior feeding programs, and veteran’s initiatives. In addition, the Food Bank helps raise public awareness about hunger and the role of food banking in alleviating hunger. For more information, visit okfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/okfoodbank or follow us on Twitter @okfoodbank.org and Instagram @okfoodbank.org.


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