Hunger Free Oklahoma Blog

Check out our blog for a variety of resources and information about ending food insecurity in Oklahoma. 

USDA Program Survey

    Feedback on USDA Program Barriers Hunger Free Oklahoma wants your input on the experiences you have had with Federal Nutrition Programs. Data will be collected to identify successes and barriers to participation in programs, such as school meal programs and SNAP....

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Food for Thought Recap

Richard Comeau, Program Director at Hunger Free Oklahoma, used mapping to show Oklahoma summer meal sites and the patterns of decline for summer. The map also showed the priority areas in relations to current summer meal sites. Click for Presentation: Oklahoma Summer...

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Why Breakfast in the Classroom?

      Breakfast Blog By Kit Hines, R.D., L.D., the Child Nutrition Director at Tulsa Public Schools Kit Hines has worked for Sodexo at Tulsa Public Schools since 1999, in current role of Child Nutrition Director since 2010. She has worked in School Nutrition field...

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10 Reasons for Breakfast in the Classroom

10 Reasons to Implement Breakfast in the Classroom 10. No Child Should Start the Day Hungry – Students who skip breakfast have slower memory, make more mistakes, and are more likely to repeat a grade. Find out more. 9. Growing Brains Need Fuel – Eating breakfast...

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Unpaid Meal Fee Policy Best Practices

Crafting an Unpaid Meal Fee Policy that Prevents Stigma and Shaming In 2016, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a guidance requiring all school districts or state administering agencies participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)...

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No Child Deserves to be Shamed Because They Can’t Afford Lunch

Recently, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed the Hunger- Free Students’ Bill of Rights in an attempt to end the practice of shaming children who have outstanding debts on their school lunch accounts. According to coverage of the legislation, students and employees have reported such practices as stamping a child on the arm with “I need lunch money,” throwing a student’s hot meal in the trash when their account has insufficient funds, and forcing students to clean cafeteria tables in exchange for a meal. This is unacceptable.

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Welcome from the HFO Executive Director

      Thank you for your interest in the issue of hunger and the work of our organization. Hunger Free Oklahoma was founded with the belief hunger is solvable, unnecessary and, in a country as rich as ours, unjust. Oklahoma has some of the worst hunger statistics in...

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Challenges to Solving Hunger in Oklahoma

Ending Hunger in Oklahoma An Assessment of Food Insecurity and Resources, Excerpt   Individuals and organizations throughout Oklahoma – in its larger cities and its rural communities – are working to support their neighbors struggling with food insecurity. Despite the...

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Oklahoma Children Especially Vulnerable to Hunger

Hungry Students Struggle in School An assessment of food insecurity and resources In Oklahoma, nearly 24 percent of children live in food-insecure households, and 62 percent of Oklahoma public school students are enrolled in the free-and- reduced price meal program....

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Schools Forego Millions to Expand Meals for Kids

Oklahoma Schools Leave $17 Million on the Table Annually Oklahoma Watch report addresses student hunger Imagine fighting hunger – and the stigma that comes with a “free or reduced meals” application – in our public schools with free breakfast and lunch for all...

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Oklahoma

    SNAP Helps Families and Our Economy Center for Budget and Policy Priorities The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also widely known as food stamps, is an anti-hunger program reaching populations of need across the state. SNAP is extremely...

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Tulsa Children Receive Free, Nutritious Summer Meals

    Summer Café Feeds Kids for Free   During the school year, 62% of Oklahoma kids rely on free-and-reduced meals to receive proper nutrition; many of these students do not have access to adequate nutrition outside of school. In Tulsa, a staggering 84% of students...

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Eating Breakfast Improves Retention

Breakfast is for Learning By Food, Research and Action Center, excerpt   We've all experienced that feeling during a late morning meeting where our thoughts wander to lunch plans. Whether we're thinking about heating up our leftovers or excited for lunch with an old...

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Addressing Hunger in Schools

Students who are Hungry are also Distracted   On December 9, 2016, Hunger Free Oklahoma (HFO) submitted a letter to the State Department of Education regarding their request for comment on the Oklahoma draft State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The...

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