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 Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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