What you need to know about childhood hunger in Oklahoma
According to hungerfreeOK.org, nearly one in four Oklahoma children (24 percent) is food insecure, meaning they have limited or inconsistent access to adequate food.
Hunger-Free Oklahoma, an advocacy organization, is approaching its second anniversary in 2018. The organization works to end hunger through research, policy-making and collaboration with nonprofits, schools, and state and local government agencies to ensure communities have the information and tools to end hunger.
According to hungerfreeOK.org, nearly one in four Oklahoma children (24 percent) is food insecure, meaning they have limited or inconsistent access to adequate food. Food-insecure children have lower reading and math scores, more significant behavior and social problems, and lower high school graduation rates.
Hunger costs Oklahoma more than $1.4 billion annually because of increased illness and decreased academic achievement.
22.7 percent of Tulsa County children are food insecure.
Oklahoma is No. 1 in the U.S. for its extensive coverage and use of the child nutrition programs in the statewide Every Student Succeeds Education (ESSE) Plan. However, funds are underutilized because people don’t know about the available programs.
Oklahoma leaves $400 million in unclaimed federal funds “on the table” each year for nutritional programs.
80 percent of all TPS students are eligible for free-and-reduced lunch.
Breakfast and lunch were served to children at 128 sites during summer 2017.
53 TPS elementary schools, representing 62 percent of schools in the district, participate in the Community Eligibility Provision for free breakfast and lunch to all students, as of November 2017. The CEP allows high-needs schools to offer school meals at no cost to all students.