Feed the Children Fights Hunger and Closes Meal Gap for Children in the Summer
Oklahoma City, – Feed the Children’s Summer Feeding program is dedicated to helping combat the alarming number of children who do not have a stable source of nutrition during the summer months. More than 200,000 Oklahoman children do not have stable meals when school ends. Their program, in conjunction with USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, is designed to improve their nutrition and health by offering them easier access to food and education in the summer.
Last year, the program provided more than 23,000 meals across different feeding sites throughout the United States. In addition, Feed the Children was able to provide more than 188,000 take-home meals to children and their families through private funding and corporate donors.
“Feed the Children is dedicated to making sure children have the food they need throughout the summer months” said John Ricketts, Director of Domestic Programming at Feed the Children. “We know that when we combine our efforts we can set children up for success and break the cycle of poverty.”
Feed the Children’s Summer Food and Education Program not only provides nourishing meals, but also feeds children’s minds. Knowing that education can break the poverty cycle, the organization incorporates education into the program, providing free books at each site. Children in the program also received school supplies and backpacks. Additionally, feeding sites received sports equipment to engage children in healthy sports and recreational activities.
Feed the Children is participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which provides nutritious meals at no charge to children during the summer vacation. Children aged 18 and under, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, are eligible to receive meals through SFSP. A person 19 years of age and over who has a mental or physical disability (as determined by a state or local education agency) and who participates during the school year in a public or private, non-profit school program (established for the mentally and physically disabled) is also eligible to receive meals. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:
|Mission OKC||The Meridian Apartments||4220 NW 10th Oklahoma City, OK 73107||June 12-29, July 10-27||Mon – Thurs.||10:00 – 11:00|
|Mission OKC||Wentwood at Macarthur||5001 NW 10th Oklahoma City, OK 73127||June 12-29, July 10-27||Mon – Thurs.||11:30 – 12:30|
|Mission OKC||The Reserve on NW 10th||6640 NW 10th Oklahoma City, OK 73127||June 13-30, July 11-28||Mon – Thurs.||10:00 – 11:00|
|Mission OKC||Heritage Ridge||7550 NW 10th Oklahoma City, OK 73127||June 12-29, July 10-27||Mon – Thurs.||10:00 – 11:00|
|Mission OKC||London Square||7553 NW 6th, Oklahoma City, OK 73127||June 12-29, July 10-27||Mon – Thurs.||11:30 – 12:30|
|Mission OKC||Lakeview Condos||8400 NW 10th Oklahoma City, OK 73127||June 12-29, July 10-27||Mon – Thurs.||11:30 – 12:30|
|Mission OKC||Bridgeport Apartments||1000 NW 105th Oklahoma City, OK 73114||June 12-29, July 10-27||Mon – Thurs.||11:30 – 12:30|
|Mission OKC||North Village||10735 N Western Oklahoma City, OK 73114||June 12-29, July 10-27||Mon – Thurs.||11:30 – 12:30|
|Mission OKC||The Highlands||12701 N Pennsylvania Oklahoma City, OK 73120||June 12-29, July 10-27||Mon – Thurs.||11:30 – 12:30|
|Mission OKC||Riverchase||11239 N Pennsylvania Oklahoma City, OK 73120||June 12-29, July 10-27||Mon – Thurs.||10:00 – 11:00|
|Del City Church of Christ||Del City Church of Christ||1901 Vickie Drive Del City, OK 73115||July 17-20, July 24-27||Mon – Thurs.||12:00-1:00 p.m.|
|Kingfisher Church of Christ||Kingfisher Church of Christ||913 West Will Rogers Kingfisher, OK 73750||June 5-30||Mon – Friday||11:30 AM – 1:00PM|
|Maud Public Schools||Maud Community Center||306 West Main Maud, OK 74854||June 5 – July 28||Mon – Friday||12:00 – 1:00|
|Henryetta UMC||New Lake village||205 New Lake Road Henryetta, OK 77437||June 5 – July 28||Mon – Friday||11:10 – 1:00|
|Will Rogers UMC||Will Rogers UMC||1138 S Yale Tulsa, OK 74112||June 8 – July 27th||Thursday||11:30 – 1:00|
|Maramec UMC||Maramec UMC||501 E 2nd Maramec, OK 74045||June 5 – July 28||Mon – Friday||11:30 – 12:30|
|God’s Gym||Oilton School||309 E Peterson Street Oilton, OK 74052||June 5 – July 28||Mon – Thurs.||11:00 – 12:00|
|Faith Holiness Church||Faith Holiness Church||212 N Polaris Street Eakly, OK 73033||July 24-28||Mon – Friday||11:30 – 1:00|
|Cheyenne and Arapaho||C & A #1 (Community Hall)||100 South Clarence Nash Blvd. Watonga, OK 73036||June 5 – July 28||M, T, TH, FR||11:00 – 1:00|
|Cheyenne and Arapaho||C & A #2 (Canton)||205 N. Jefferson Street Canton, OK 73724||June 5 – July 28||M, T, TH, FR||11:00 – 1:00|
|Cheyenne and Arapaho||C & A #3 (Seiling Head Start)||411 N. Main Street Seiling, OK 73663||June 5 – July 28||M, T, TH, FR||11:00 – 1:00|
|Cheyenne and Arapaho||C & A #4 (Hammon Community Hall)||801 Dunn Hammon, OK 73650||June 5 – July 28||M, T, TH, FR||11:00 – 1:00|
|Cheyenne and Arapaho||C & A #5 (Geary Community Hall)||132 E. Main Street Geary, OK 73040||June 5 – July 28||Mon – Friday||11:30 – 12:30|
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.