Hunger doesn’t go on Spring Break; Oklahoma City schools still serving lunch on weekdays

School lunch program

OKLAHOMA CITY – For most students, spring break means a hiatus from homework and classes.

However, for thousands of Oklahoma City Public School students who rely on free or reduced price meals, it can also mean going weeks without food.

Thankfully, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is continuing to fight childhood hunger while school is out.

March 11 through March 21, any student 18 and under can get a free lunch and snack weekdays at the following Oklahoma City locations, partner agencies of the Regional Food Bank:

  •          Downtown YMCA, located at 1 N.W. 4th Street. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.; lunch and snacks are served at 3:30 p.m.
  •          Neighborhoods in Action, located at 1124 N. Douglas. Lane, Midwest City. Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and snacks are served 3 p.m.
  •          Salvation Army B&GC, located at 2808 S.E. 44th. Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and snacks are served at 2:30 p.m.
  •          Southern Oaks, located at 400 S.W. 66th Street. Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and snacks are served at 3 p.m.
  •          Pitts, located at 1920 N. Kate Avenue. Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and snacks are served at 3 p.m.
  •          Pilot, located at 1435 NW 2nd Street. Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and snacks are served at 3 p.m.
  •          Schilling, located at 539 S.E. 25th Street. Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and snacks are served at 3 p.m.
  •          Douglass, located at 900 ML King. Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and snacks are served at 4 p.m.
  •          St Jude Missionary Baptist, located at 1001 N.W. 92nd. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and snacks are served at 2:50 p.m.
  •          Minnis, located at 12520 N.E. 36th Street. Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and snacks are served at 3 p.m.
  •          Camp Village YMCA, located at 9401 Ridgeview. Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and snacks are served at 3 p.m.
  •          McKinley Park, located at 1300 N. McKinley. Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and snacks are served at 3 p.m.
  •          North Side YMCA, located at 10000 N. Penn. Lunch is served at 12 p.m. lunch and snacks are served at 3 p.m.
  •          Urban League, located at 3900 N. MLK Avenue. Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and snacks are served at 3:30 p.m.
  •          I Can Family Center, located at 3200 N.W. 48th Street. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and snacks are served at 3:15 p.m.

The following sites are open March 17 through March 21:

  •          Melrose, located at 7800 Melrose Lane. Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and snacks are served at 3 p.m.
  •          Northwest Optimist, located at 3301 N.W. Grand Blvd. Lunch is served at 12 p.m. lunch and snacks are served 3 p.m.
  •          Sellers, located at 8301 S. Villa Avenue. Lunch is served at 1:30 p.m. and snacks are served at 4 p.m.

Last spring break the Regional Food Bank served more than 5,800 meals to children.

The Regional Food Bank is also alleviating hunger over spring break through the Food for Kids Backpack Program by providing chronically hungry elementary school students with extra sacks of food as well as serving them through partner agencies.

The Regional Food Bank’s Backpack Program supplies elementary school students with healthy, kid-friendly meals over the weekends throughout the school year.

Students enrolled in the program rely on the food in the backpacks to sustain them between lunch on Friday and school breakfast on Monday morning.

Last school year, more than 15,000 students in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties benefited from this program.

The Regional Food Bank’s School Pantry program will also provide extra food to middle and high school students over spring break.

Statewide, one in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger and doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank, call (405) 604-7111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.

Every $200 donated will feed a child in Food for Kids for an entire school year, including school holidays.