It’s the middle of summer: the heat is on and school is out. However, the needs of children living in low-income families have not changed. Current numbers indicate that 84% of students in Tulsa Public Schools are receiving free or reduced lunches and these children still require nutritious meals even when school is out. CAP’s “backpack for kids” program is taking place at Disney and Frost this summer, and is sending home food for preschool children 3-4 years old. In addition to this, the federal Summer Food Service Program is working to meet the needs of children eighteen years or younger. Known as Summer Café, they provide free meals to feed children in low-income households. There are no applications or documentation requirements. Summer Café will feed children regardless of school enrollment, citizenship or status.
This year, more than 60 sites across the city are serving breakfast and lunch, and this includes schools, worship centers and community centers. Tulsa Public Schools is one provider, and you can click here for more information or click here for serving locations. In addition to TPS, there are additional locations in Tulsa and the surrounding areas. Today’s Tulsa World article on Summer Café offers a list of non TPS sites offering meals. And another way to locate free meals in your area is to call the toll-free National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE. Not only will they give you information on the summer sties but it also offers additional food assistance information.
For Tulsa’s News Channel 8 coverage of Summer Café: click here.
To read more about food on our blog, click here.