Feed the Children Knows Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Distributes Meals as Part of Its Summer Food and Education Program in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, – In Oklahoma, 62 percent of students receive free or reduced lunches and when school is out of session, these children may struggle with food insecurity. That’s why Feed the Children is kicking off its Summer Food and Education Program in communities across Oklahoma and around the U.S. to help combat the alarming number of children who do not have a stable source of nutrition during the summer months.

The nonprofit is partnering with community organizations to hold meal sites at libraries, parks, camps, churches, and schools and plans to provide hundreds of thousands of meals this summer. This will provide kids an opportunity to stay active and enjoy their summer. Knowing education can help break the poverty cycle, the organization offers free books to each Summer Food and Education Program site.

“We are excited to be partnering with local community groups to ensure that Oklahoma children have the food they need this summer,” said Clint McKnight, Director of Domestic Programming at Feed the Children. “By combining our efforts, we can set children up for success and help break the cycle of poverty.”

Ronnie, age 10, says being hungry in the summer isn’t as rare as you might think. “It just happens,” he said. “But when you don’t have any more food at home, there’s Feed the Children who helps out.”

In 2017, Feed the Children distributed 500,000 meals through the Summer Food and Education Program sites across Oklahoma and Tennessee. This summer, in addition to locations across the U.S., sites will be found in various communities across Oklahoma including:

  • The Meridian Apartments

4220 NW 10th Oklahoma City

Mon – Thurs. through July

  • Chisholm Creek

12821 Stratford Drive, OKC

Mon – Thurs. through July

  • Wentwood at Macarthur

5001 NW 10th Oklahoma City

Mon – Thurs. through July

  • Will Rogers Court

1620 Heyman St., Oklahoma City

Mon – Thurs. through July

  • The Reserve on NW 10th

6640 NW 10th Oklahoma City

Mon – Thurs. through July

  • Heritage Ridge

7550 NW 10th Oklahoma City

Mon – Thurs. through July

  • London Square

7553 NW 6th, Oklahoma City

Mon – Thurs. through July

  • Lakeview Condos

8400 NW 10th Oklahoma City

Mon – Thurs. through July

  • Bridgeport Apartments

1000 NW 105th Oklahoma City

Mon – Thurs. through July

  • North Village

10735 N Western Oklahoma City

Mon – Thurs. through July

  • The Highlands

12701 N Pennsylvania Oklahoma City

Mon – Thurs. through July

  • Village at Stratford

12821 Stratford Drive Oklahoma City

Mon – Thurs. through July

  • Riverchase

11239 N Pennsylvania Oklahoma City

Mon – Thurs. through July

  • Lakeview Park Church of the Nazarene

3500 NW 50th St., OKC 73112

  • Faith Holiness Church Food Pantry

107 W. Main St., Eakley

  • First Baptist Church of Henryetta

420 W. Trudgeon St.

  • Mission Tecumseh

P.O. Box 502 Tecumseh

  • Maramec United Methodist Church

P.O. Box 37, Maramec

  • First Presbyterian Church, Idabel, OK

400 SE Madison, Idabel

  • Macomb Public Schools

36591 OK-59B, Macomb

  • Millwood Public School

6724 N. Martin Luther King Avenue

  • Capitol Hill Church of Christ

2801 S. Robinson Ave., Oklahoma City

  • Grace Fellowship Church

301 W Kansas Ave., Anadarko

  • First Assembly of God

216 W Alabama Ave, Anadarko

  • Henryetta Methodist Church

1212 S. Lake Rd., Henryetta

About Feed the Children

Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.