Free summer meals available for all county children

By the Bryan County Coalition Against Hunger

School will soon be out for the summer but for Bryan County kids, mealtime won’t be. Four Durant locations will be serving breakfast and lunch to children 18 years old and younger.

The four sites will provide on-site meals as part of the Summer Feeding Program of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma City. The Bryan County locations are Hands of Hope Food Pantry, Donald W. Reynolds Community Center and Library, Northwest Heights Elementary School and Boys and Girls Clubs of Durant.

A variety of sandwiches will be served, such as turkey, cheese, and peanut butter. Fruit cups and milk will also be offered.

Hands of Hope will serve meals on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from May 16 through August 18. Breakfast will be from 8 to 10:30, and lunch will be from 10:30 to 12. Meals will be served in the facility’s main shopping area.

“We’re going to put tables and seats along the west wall,” Director Sue Stanfield said.

Hands of Hope is located at 724 West Main in Durant. For more information, contact Stanfield at 580-920-2574.

The library will provide lunch and snacks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 6 through July 27. Lunch will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Meeting Room on the southeast corner of the building. Snacks will be available from 1 to 3 p.m. The library address is 1515 West Main. The library contact is Programs Director Jeremy Todd at 580-924-3486.

The Boys and Girls Clubs program will run from June 5 through August 11 in the cafeteria. Hours will be 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. for breakfast and noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. The facility address is 415 North 5th Ave. in Durant, the former middle school. For more information, contact Executive Director Long at 580-579-2423.

The Northwest Heights Elementary School program is set for Monday through Friday May 30 through June 30. Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30. Northwest Heights is located at 1715 West University. For additional information, contact David Wagner at 580-924-1276.

The Summer Feeding Program is for all children 18 years old and younger. It is also open to intellectual and developmentally challenged people of all ages. In all cases, participants must eat the meals at the sites that serve them.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma distributes food and other products through a network of more than 1,300 charitable feeding programs, including food pantries, homeless shelters, church pantries, soup kitchens, food resource centers, and schools. Together, all these components provide enough food for 126,000 Oklahomans each week; 37% of them are children.

Locally, Hands of Hope is a Regional Food Bank distribution center for Bryan, Marshal, Johnston, Atoka and Coal counties. The pantry handles about 1,500,000 pounds of food yearly for those in need.

Submitted by the Bryan County Coalition Against Hunger.

By the Bryan County Coalition Against Hunger

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