Schools offer summer food program

Wednesday, May 28th 2008, 5:45 pm
By: News 9

2008 Summer Food Service Program

Oklahoma City Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to all children age 18 and younger from June 9 - July 25.

Britton Elementary
1215 NW 95
Columbus Enterprise
2402 N Pennsylvania Ave.
Eugene Field Elementary
1515 N Klein
Hayes Elementary
6900 S Byers
Hillcrest Elementary
6421 S Miller
Martin Luther King Elementary
1201 NE 48.
Lee Elementary
424 SW 29
North Highland Elementary
8400 N Robinson Ave.
Prairie Queen Elementary
6609 S Blackwelder Ave.
Putnam Heights Elementary
1601 NW 36
Ridgeview Elementary
10010 Ridgeview Dr.
Rockwood Elementary
3101 SW 24
Telstar Elementary
521 NE 16
Westwood Elementary
1701 Exchange
Wheeler Elementary
501 SE 25
Jackson Middle School
2601 S Villa
Roosevelt Middle School
3233 SW 44
Moon Middle School
1901 NE 13
Webster Middle School
6708 S Santa Fe Ave.
Capitol Hill High School
500 SW 36
Douglass High School
900 N Martin Luther King Ave.
New John Marshall
12201 N Portland Ave.
Taft Middle School
2901 NW 23
Star Spencer High School
3001 N Spencer Road
U.S. Grant High School
5016 S Pennsylvania Ave.

By Audrey Esther and Darren Brown, INsite Team

When the school year ends many children face a new challenge: obtaining one solid meal a day.

According to Oklahoma City Public Schools about 86 percent of metro children qualify for free or reduced lunches.

During the summer months families can turn to the Child Nutrition Services Summer Food Service Program. Children under the age of 18 can receive a free breakfast and a free lunch at any of the 25 participating schools. Proof of income, proof of age and registration are not required to receive free meals.

"Just because our students aren't here in the summer doesn't mean we don't care about them and what happens in their lives," said Kathleen Kennedy Oklahoma City Public Schools spokeswoman. "We want to make sure they're eating."

Last summer the Oklahoma City school district served more than 87,000 meals. This summer district officials said they speculate they will serve more meals because of the increase in food prices. However, Kennedy said she does not believe the increase in gas prices will affect participation numbers.

"Transportation might be your biggest obstacle, but when that's your only meal then most people will find a way to get there," she said.

The Summer Food Service Program is federally subsidized and cost about $120,000 dollars to operate. It runs weekdays June 9 through July 25. For more information call (405) 587-1032