A local Native American nation is teaming up with school districts around the state to make sure children have enough food to eat this summer.
Officials say the summer months can be extremely hard for low-income families, especially when children can’t go to school to obtain nutritious meals through school lunch programs.
The Chickasaw Nation Nutrition Services and 41 Oklahoma public school districts are teaming up to provide those meals for school-age children.
Families selected to participate in the Summer EBT for Children program will receive a card to use to purchase healthy food in stores.
If a child qualifies for free and reduced meals during the school year, they also qualify for the benefit.
This summer, 5,000 children will be selected to participate in the program.
The program focuses on children in Coal, Carter, Garvin, Marshall, McClain, Murray, Johnston and Pontotoc counties.