School is already out for many Tulsa students, and for families struggling with food insecurity the summer months can be a lean time. Tulsa Public Schools reports that 84% of students in their district receive a free or reduced lunch. For these kids, the summer months can be hungry months if their ongoing nutritional needs are not met.
To address this need, the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program provides meals during the summer break. Nationwide, 2.28 million children participated in the program in 2012.
The TPS version of this program, Summer Café, kicks off on June 3rd and lasts through July 26th.
There are no applications or documentation requirements. Summer Café will feed children regardless of school enrollment, citizenship or status.
More than 60 sites across the TPS district will serve breakfast and lunch to children under the age of 18. Locations include schools, worship centers and community centers.
According to a recent story on Tulsa’s Channel 8 News, the program served 81,690 breakfasts and 121,201 lunches to Tulsa children during the summer of 2012. However, TPS wants to spread the word about Summer Café, because they feel they could serve more children if they raised awareness about this program.
Across Oklahoma, other areas are also offering the Summer Food Service Program:
- Tulsa’s Union Public Schools is participating and you can check out their website for times and locations.
- Bartlesville Public School’s website has information on their summer meals program, and you can go straight to information on locations and dates by clicking here.
- Claremore Public Schools calls their program the Zebra Summer Cafe, and times and locations are provided on their website..
- If you don’t find your school district listed, you can locate free meals in your area by calling the toll-free National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE. You can also visit Why Hunger’s website to find more resources. Not only will they give you information on the summer sites, but they can also offer additional food assistance information.