July 12, 2019
Oklahoma increases summer meal participation by nearly 15 percent
By Oklahoma State Department of Education
A report released last week by the Food Research and Action Center shows Oklahoma had the nation’s third-highest increase in summer meal participation from 2017 to 2018 with a 14.9 percent increase, but still ranks last overall. Approximately 570 summer meal sites served 16,612 Oklahoma kids daily in July 2018.
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“There’s a lot of us working on continuing these increases year over year,” he said. “It’s important because it makes sure the nearly 400,000 kids who rely on free and reduced lunch have access to enough food during the summer.”
“A report released last week by the Food Research and Action Center shows Oklahoma had the nation’s third-highest increase in summer meal participation from 2017 to 2018 with a 14.9 percent increase, but still ranks last overall.”
“Joining Hunger Free Oklahoma is Tulsa Public Schools and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Through their partnership, they’re keeping the food coming out of the kitchen and going straight to these kids.”
“School may be out, but several groups are working together to make sure Tulsa children still get some good meals over summer break.”
“More than 650,000 Oklahomans, a third of them children, lack reliable access to sufficient food, according to a Hunger Free Oklahoma study.”
“This organization would not exist without Judy,” says Bernard.”
“The proposed SNAP rule would not have an immediate impact in Oklahoma. It tightens guidelines for waivers states may request so SNAP recipients get benefits longer than allowed when jobs are hard to come by.”
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“Richard Comeau, program director of Hunger Free Oklahoma, believes the state saw such a dramatic increase between 2016 and 2017 due to an initiative to raise awareness of after-school suppers.”
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“Oklahoma saw a big jump in after-school supper participation — 121 percent, to be exact — from October 2016 to October 2017, the biggest increase of any state.”
“It’ll help them be better in school, it’ll help them be more confident, it’ll help them to avoid meals by themselves, it’ll help them to not be hungry.”
“OKDHS also recently launched SNAP in Schools, a partnership with Oklahoma State Department of Education and the nonprofit Hunger Free Oklahoma.”
“In Oklahoma, fewer than 5 percent of eligible children got summer lunches in 2017, compared with nearly 50 percent in the District of Columbia, according to the Food Research & Action Center.”
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