Church group partners to offer free meals for Oklahoma City-area youths

The Urban Initiatives program of the Church of God in Christ Oklahoma Southeast Jurisdiction is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer free meals for youths at various churches and other Oklahoma City-area sites.
by Carla Hinton Published: June 21, 2014


photo - Kambre Glover and Cherise Pendleton pack lunches into sacks to be distributed at summer meals sites through the Urban Initiatives program sponsored by the Oklahoma Southeast Jurisdition of the Church of God in Christ in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Photo by Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman
Kambre Glover and Cherise Pendleton pack lunches into sacks to be distributed at summer meals sites through the Urban Initiatives program sponsored by the Oklahoma Southeast Jurisdition of the Church of God in Christ in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Photo by Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman

A turkey wrap, carrots and celery sticks, Sun Chips and raisins were recently placed in paper sacks destined for hungry young people at 12 sites throughout the metro area.

The food was the free lunch meal distributed at summer meal sites sponsored by the Church of God in Christ Oklahoma Southeast Jurisdiction’s Urban Initiatives program.

Sarafia Fleming, the program’s director, said the summer meal program is made possible through a partnership between the regional church group and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

She said the meals are made by B&B Catering at the company’s kitchen at 3401 NE 16 and taken to the various sites such as churches, apartment complexes and nonprofit organizations.

“Many of the students participating in the free and reduced lunch programs at the schools are not getting meals during the summer months,” Fleming said.

“The USDA asked our national church to help, and the goal is to provide nutritious meals for kids.”

She said the USDA reimburses the church group for some of the food, and some of it comes through donations.

Fleming said besides the metro area, the church-USDA partnership is offering free meals at sites in Duncan, Enid and Muskogee. The meals are offered free to children 18 and younger.

She said food ranges from cold lunch items such as egg salad sandwiches to bean burritos, wraps and chicken noodle soup. Snacks such as juice and graham crackers also are provided.


by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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AT A GLANCE

Urban Initiatives free meal sites

The Urban Initiatives program of the Oklahoma Southeast Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ is offering free meals for children 18 and younger Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted, at the following sites:

B&B Catering, 9:15 to 10 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. through July 31, 3401 NE 16.

Eastside Church of Christ, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through July 30, closed Thursdays, 1501 NE 36.

Garden of Grace Community Church of God in Christ, 11 am. to 12:30 p.m. through July 11, 3660 NE 23.

Greater St. Paul Church of God in Christ, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 17, 3012 Lindsay Ave.

Jones Chapel Church of God in Christ, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through July 31, 10801 NE 50, Spencer.

Project Promise Inc., noon to 12:45 p.m. through July 25, 6900 N Kelley Ave.

Sidewalk Sunday School, 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. through July 6 (closed July 1), Oakridge Apartments, 3340 S Bryant.

Spring Eternal No. 1, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday through July 17, 3222 N Rhode Island.

Spring Eternal No. 2, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday through July 17, 500 E Wilshire.

Sunny Kids at Coffee Creek Apartments, 11:45 to 12:30 p.m. through Aug. 8, 516 W 15th St., Building 16.

The People Ministry, 11 a.m. to noon through July 31, Star Spencer High School, 3001 N Spencer Road.

Victory Temple Church of God in Christ, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. July 1-31, 630 N Bath.

Wonderfully Made Foundation, 11 a.m. to noon through Aug. 5, 5207 Beverly Drive.

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