TULSA, Okla. — Coweta Public Schools began providing"Grab-and-Go" meals for their students learning from home, beginning March 23rd.
It was all thanks to the USDA.
The USDA helped provide meals for Coweta Public School students through an emergency fund they were able to access, due to the pandemic that began in Oklahoma back in March.
2 Works for You spoke with a Coweta mom of three, a woman who spent every day volunteering outside of Central Elementary School, making sure families were being served, until she was told they wouldn't be able to continue throughout the summer.
“We realized that our students and our families needed assistance. We needed to come together in our community and help out because all of us are moms, dads, we are all parents,” Lalicker said.
Christi Lalicker says after 63 days of providing thousands of bagged breakfast and lunch meals, it was emotional for the community, and the volunteers, when they had to say goodbye.
“It takes a village to raise our kids. In Coweta, this community has stepped up tremendously,” Lalicker said.
Lalicker says she won't stop there, they want to continue to help the community as much as they can.
“Having them say, ‘We are going to miss you, thank you.’ Seeing them starting to cry, it was like, ‘Oh gosh, I am not going to be able to see these babies until the fall. So we are not saying goodbye, this is ‘We will see you in a little while,” Lalicker said.
Lalicker says she plans to put a list of resources together for families who need it, consisting of churches and other places providing resources to feed children or families.
“It breaks my heart, it makes me worry about my kids, about my school kids across all 8 of our schools. Hoping and praying that they will utilize the resources in our communities, and let us know,” Lalicker said.
She says another way they plan to help their community, is with a food pantry box, Lalicker says they plan to try their best to keep it full.
For a list of resources, if you're seeking help see below:
Abundant Rain Joseph House Food Bank
Address: 12425 S 273rd E Ave
Hours of Operation
Time: Tuesday 9-12pm, every second Saturday 9-12pm
Assembly of God
Address: 29707 E Hwy
Time: Monday through Friday 9a-3pm
First Christian Church
221 S Bristow Ave918-486-5392
On the West side of the road on Broadway there's is a wonderful community box that had been there for a while that people can place what they don't use and take what they need!
For questions contact Christi Lalicker on Facebook.
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