1,000 volunteers needed to pack summer meals for children

Volunteers pack boxes at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. (KOKH/Jordann Lucero)

When students are out for summer, you can help make sure they’re getting something to eat. The Regional Food Bank needs hundreds of people to step up to ensure kids don’t go hungry when their school lunches aren’t available.

Thousands of children depend on school lunches as their consistent source of food, the Food Bank says.

“The need is great. Oklahoma actually ranks 51st in summer feeding, so we’re behind the District of Columbia, and we are trying to make great strides to add additional sites and to provide transportation or to figure out ways we can get kids who really need that food to place where the food is provided," Cassie Gilman said.

Gilman says about 60% of students in Oklahoma public schools receive free or reduced priced lunches. During the two-week Oklahoma teacher walkout, the Food Bank reports it served more than 4,200 meals. Oklahoma City Public Schools, the largest school district in the state, said it provided 20,000 meals during the walkout.

During the summer weeks, the Food Bank will prepare up to 6,000 free meals a day to be distributed at sties across Oklahoma. Any child under 18-years-old can have a meal. There are no income requirements.

To volunteer to pack lunches for the Summer Feeding Program, you have to be 12-years-old or older. There are shifts available from June 1 through July 27, Monday through Friday, either 9:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Volunteers must wear close-toe shoes.

To reserve a volunteering spot, click here. Or you can call 405-600-3160.

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