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.
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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: