Resources

Need immediate food assistance?

Call the USDA Hotline (1-866-3-HUNGRY) or Call 2-1-1.

To apply for SNAP or renew your SNAP application, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services webpage.

Food Insecurity

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food insecurity is a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food. Hunger is an individual-level physiological condition that may result from food insecurity.

      • Feeding America‘s Map the Meal Gap is a great way to explore food insecurity statistics at both a state and county level
      • The U.S. Department of Agriculture annually publishes statistics on the frequency and prevalence of Food Insecurity in the U.S.
      • Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) offers several resources for exploring the relationship between Hunger and Health
      • Frequently the Center on Budget Policy Priorities (CBPP) publishes reports and articles on Food Assistance
      • The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice has several reports regarding College Food Insecurity

In Oklahoma, the Child Nutrition Programs are administered by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.  


Summer Meals

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded program that provides kids and teens in low-income areas nutritious meals when school is not in session.


Afterschool Meals

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s At-Risk Afterschool Meals component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) offers federal funding to afterschool programs that offer enrichment activities and serve a meal or snack to children and teens in low-income areas.


School Breakfast

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions. The School Breakfast Program gives students the opportunity to start their day full, focused, and ready to learn by providing a healthy breakfast at school.

Hunger Free Oklahoma’s work on Breakfast After the Bell is sponsored by Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom and the Walmart Foundation.

 


CEP

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications.

      • Learn how CEP works with USDA’s Fact Sheet
      • Food Research & Action Center’s (FRAC) CEP Resource Page provides program guidance for school district leaders
      • Determine if your school or district is eligible to participate in CEP with FRAC’s CEP Eligibility Database

Special Milk Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture also has a program to assist schools in Providing Nutritious Milk to Children

SNAP

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency.

WIC

Through The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

OPEL Summit 2019

Indiahoma Visit 2019

National School Breakfast Week at Mid Del 2018

Summer Meals Kickoff 2019

“I had one student that was self-supported and not aware he qualified for SNAP. This student was purchasing all his groceries himself and struggling to make ends meet. Having SNAP helped him tremendously.”

Employee, Tulsa Public Schools

“Before a child can come to school and be ready to pay attention to the teacher and learn, they must have their basic needs met. If students are not provided with healthy food at home or any food at all, learning will not be a top priority at school. The school and community programs or churches should work together to make sure every child has food at to eat.”

Employee, Watonga Public Schools

“Ensuring students’ basic needs are met (including access to food) should be a top priority for schools and communities. Children who are hungry are not able to devote their attention and energy to learning.”

Employee, Shawnee Public Schools

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