For thousands of children, the end of school means months of wondering whether or not they will have enough food to eat. Thanks to support from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Oklahoma Department of Education and the community, children 18 and under receiveed nutritious meals and/or snacks through the Regional Food Bank’s Summer Feeding Program at more than 130 locations in 31 central and western Oklahoma counties.
Since the program began in 2002, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has sponsored the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), through a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Oklahoma Department of Education. Last summer, 131 sites served 6,820 children in central and western Oklahoma.
"Today, there were beautiful peaches in the lunches. Within ten seconds of the bags being opened, I heard, 'Miss Amy, what is this?' They were all looking at their peach. They didn't recognize a peach in its raw, natural form! I explained that it was a peach -- a wonderfully delicious fruit! Then the question, 'How do we eat it?' So, we had a peach eating lesson. We learned we ate it just like an apple and that there would be a pit in the middle. They all tried the peaches at the same time and declared them quite delicious! "There was not a single peach left on the share table today. This is what your program does. Not only does it provide meals to children that desperately need them, it provides those foods that they never get...fresh produce! So, thank you for all that you do. I thought this might make your day just a little more stellar knowing that a whole group of children ate fresh peaches for the first time today." -- Amy Brooks Young, M. Ed, Summer Feeding Site.