The Edmond Sun

Education

June 9, 2014

Schools, food bank provide free meals

EDMOND — Children up to 18 years of age need not worry where their next meal is coming from while out of school for the summer. Lunch will be provided through the Edmond Public School District through June 27 and by the Regional Food Bank through July 25.

Edmond school children will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program.

“Meals will be provided to all children aged 18 and younger without charge,” said Amy Herrold, child nutrition director for the district, “and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.”

Herrold said meals will be provided at Sunset Elementary five days a week through June 27, at 400 W. Eighth St. in Edmond. Breakfast will be served from 8:30-9 a.m. and lunch will be served from noon to 12:45 p.m.

The Regional Food Bank will provide a nutritious lunch and/or snack through the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Summer Feeding program at 73 selected sites in 53 counties each weekday through July 25. All sites will be closed on July 4.

“One in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger every day,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “No child should have to worry where their next meal will come from. This program ensures that children will receive adequate nutrition during the summer months when school meals are not available.”

 The Regional Food Bank will provide free summer meals at the Edmond YMCA , operating from June 9 through July 25 at 1220 S. Rankin in Edmond. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and snack is served from 4-5 p.m.

Last summer, the Regional Food Bank provided more than 166,000 meals at 63 sites to children through the Summer Feeding program, which includes the federal Summer Food Service Program, and a private Feeding Our Future program sponsored by Sodexo.

For more information on the program, contact Katie Honea at khonea@regionalfoodbank.org or 600-3141. To make a donation to the Regional Food Bank, call 600-3136 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.

 

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