Officials, Nonprofits, and Community Address Summer Hunger
Oklahoma City, – Feed the Children, one of the world’s leading anti-hunger organizations, is welcoming U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon to their Oklahoma City headquarters on July 31 to collaborate and challenge the barriers of childhood hunger in the summer.
“Children need good nutrition all year long. When school lets out, millions of children no longer have access to their healthy free or reduced school breakfast or lunch through the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs, said USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon. “USDA’s Summer Food Service Program helps fill the gap for children who depend on free and reduced price meals when they are in school.”
Concannon will learn about Feed the Children’s Summer Food and Education Program sites where children are receiving food, books, and necessities to keep them engaged in education throughout the summer months. At 1:30 p.m., a special forum will bring together Oklahoma sponsors of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to discuss reaching more children in an effort to help tackle summer hunger.
Feed the Children doesn’t have to look farther than its headquarters’ zip code to recognize that child hunger remains pervasive in America – despite the efforts of the 35-year-old leader in hunger relief and those of countless non-profit groups and government programs. The cruel truth in Oklahoma is that the state ranks dead last in reaching kids who need food assistance during the summer.
That is why Feed the Children, USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), and local partners organized a new approach this summer with the Summer Food and Education Program piloted in Feed the Children’s home state of Oklahoma. Feed the Children has conducted research for a barrier analysis study and the results will be presented in the forum which will help shape program design and public policy approach.
“While it is unacceptable for any child to go to bed hungry, this is especially true in our home state of Oklahoma,” said Kevin Hagan, Feed the Children president and CEO. “It is going to take all of us—corporations, government officials, nonprofits, and community leaders, to address the root causes of hunger. We welcome Under Secretary Concannon and appreciate what his team has done to help make hunger a thing of the past.”
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.