There is no qualifying, and no proof needed that your parents cannot afford to feed you breakfast and lunch during the months of June and July in Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to local news sources, 85 percent of the Tulsa Public School children won’t eat if the feds don’t feed them. How Tulsa knows that 85 percent of our children are not properly fed when children needn’t qualify for free food is unknown. And the good news for the area is that children 18 and younger from all around – maybe from other states – who would know, can come to the various ‘Summer Cafes.’ The Bixby School system, the Union School System, the Jenks School System – just come on in. We’re dishing it out.
Tulsa Public Schools has been participating in this federally funded program for over 30 years but unfortunately the program is little known despite all of the wonderful benefits it has provided to our community through mutiple Tulsa locations.
During the school year, 84% or every 4 out of 5 students in Tulsa schools are reliant upon free or reduced price meals to assure they receive the nutrition they need. Ever wondered what those same kids do for food during the summer? Sadly the answer to that question is often to go hungry or be undernourished.
I see 65 locations for free lunch and dinner for 2013. I’m not against feeding hungry children, but this is ridiculous.
About the Summer Food Service Program
Created by Congress in 1968, the SFSP for children provides funds to serve nutritious meals to needy children. It is designed to take the place of the school lunch and breakfast program during the summer months.
In accordance with federal law and United States Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or call 800-795-6382 or 202-720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
The above says the program is for the “needy,” but there is no way to know which children are needy and which are not. The Summer Food Service Program has a legacy of 30 years in Tulsa.