New summer food program helps fight childhood hunger

Posted on: 12:33 pm, May 17, 2013, by , updated on: 05:08pm, May 17, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – School is almost out for most kids in Oklahoma and that means the start of summer vacation.

But for some, it also means going hungry.

Michael Morris is the executive chef for Putnam City Schools.

“It’s always fun to be in an elementary cafeteria and hear what kids have to say and make their day happy with food,” he said.

A new summer food service at Putnam City schools is fighting childhood hunger.

Starting in June, anyone 18 or younger can eat breakfast and lunch for free during the week.

The program provides healthy meals for kids who might not get them otherwise.

As a former graduate, feeding kids healthy food is important to Morris.

“I’m glad to be back here trying to improve on the nutrition that I had as a Putnam City student,” Morris said.

Children can simply show up at a school during designated times.

They don’t need to be enrolled in the school, there’s no application and ID is not required.

It’s a building block that Morris said is essential for the kids.

“If they stop eating throughout the summer, it could encourage improper eating habits,” he said. “By us providing a balanced meal for breakfast and lunch for them, it gives them the opportunity to continue to build on the nutrition education that we provide during the school year.”

Meals will be provided at the locations, times and dates shown below:

Central Elementary School, 5721 N.W. 39th

Breakfast: 8 to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

Dates: Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 21 (No meals on Saturdays or Sundays)

Hilldale Elementary School, 4801 N.W. 16th

Breakfast: 8 to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

Dates: Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 21 (No meals on Saturdays or Sundays)

Northridge Elementary School, 8501 N.W. 82nd

Breakfast: 8 to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

Dates: Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 21 (No meals on Saturdays or Sundays)

Rollingwood Elementary School, 6301 N. Ann Arbor

Breakfast: 8 to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

Dates: Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 21 (No meals on Saturdays or Sundays)

Western Oaks Elementary School, 7210 N.W. 23rd

Breakfast: 8 to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

Dates: Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 21 (No meals on Saturdays or Sundays)

Hefner Middle School, 8400 N. MacArthur

Breakfast: 7:30 to 8 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

Dates: Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 21 (No meals on Saturdays or Sundays)

Western Oaks Middle School, 7200 N.W. 23rd

Breakfast: 7:30 to 8 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

Dates: Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 21 (No meals on Saturdays or Sundays)

Putnam City West High School, 8500 N.W. 23rd  

Breakfast: 7:30 to 8 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

Dates: Monday, June 3 – Thursday, June 27 (No meals on Saturdays or Sundays)