Tulsa Public Schools and Summer Cafe offer free breakfast and lunch to children this summer

TULSA - Tulsa Public Schools is partnering with Summer Cafe, a federally-funded program, to provide breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack free of charge to children this summer.

According to TPS, any child 18 and younger can participate in the program.

The purpose of Summer Cafe, formerly known as the Summer Food Service Program, is to provide meals during the summer months to those children who rely on free or reduced meals during the school year.

"Kids in Tulsa are hungry. Not all of them, but there are a large sect of our kids that are just hungry. We have to do everything we can to make sure, that just because it's summertime, they still get the nutrition that they need, regardless of whether school is in or not," said Corbin Anderson with Tulsa Public Schools.

When class is in session, 83 percent of TPS students are reliant upon free or reduced meals.

According to Summer Cafe, they served over 53,332 breakfasts, 103,225 lunches and 25,526 afternoon snacks in 2010.

The program begins today and runs through August 12. There are more than 70 locations around Tulsa participating the program.

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