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Sunday, June 23, 2013

NWIAA Farmer's Market 2013

Please help us get the word out!  

Individuals over 60, p
lease stop by the YWCA front desk at 701 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., OKC at NWIAA's Headquarter office and pick up an application for FREE farmers' fresh locally grown vegetables at NWIAA's Community Farmers' market.  Please share with any all community members (church members and others over 60 on a fixed income).  
NWIAA Farmers' Market begins July 5, 2013. from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  every Friday in July 2013.  However, any and all farmers are welcome to come sell their vegetables any day or time at the YWCA/NWIAA Headquarter office under NWIAA's Pavilion next to Jade's Fruit Ice.  

Your one page application needs to be turned back into:  Zach Root, OKDHS Aging Services Division, 2401 NW 23rd Street, Suite 40, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 (405) 522-3121

Thank you, 
Dr. Tammy Gray-Steele

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

USDA Summer Food Service Program 2013: The Children in Your Community Need Your Help

The Children in Your Community Need Your Help

The USDA provides free or reduced price lunches to 21 million children during the school year through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). However, during summer break only 3.5 million of those students participate in the summer feeding program. The program helps fill the summer food gap for low-income children by reimbursing organizations that serve children meals at feeding sites during summer months. Schools, churches, recreation centers, playgrounds, parks, clinics, and camps can provide summer meals in neighborhoods with high percentages of low income families, making a positive impact on the lives of hungry children.
A critical component to the effort is promoting access to and participation in Summer Meals. Our goal is to reach all children in need and for Summer 2013 we are working with partners to increase in service by 5 million additional meals and to achieve a 10% growth in targeted states of Arkansas, California, Colorado, Rhode Island and Virginia. We’d like to increase participation in Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Texas, but every State is important to ensure children are provided nutritious meals throughout the Summer months.

We’re asking your help in:
  • Sponsoring or operating a Summer Meal site
Additional SFSP Resources To Get You Started

The Summer Food Service Program website is located at The Summer Food Service Program links below offer an expanded view, highlight the importance of the program, provide administrative guidance, connect to SFSP informational webcasts, offer suggestions in overcoming challenges, and provide contacts for further work with FNS Regional and State offices.

SFSP Toolkit: These handbooks offers tips and strategies to help sponsors and sites raise awareness of their programs among families in need. The toolkit in English is on the web at; a Spanish-language version is at:

FNS Regional Office Contacts: This link provides contact information for FNS regional leadership, in case you would like to raise issues specific to certain States: The Special Nutrition Programs (SNP) Director has lead responsibility for summer feeding, but you should also feel free to contact the Regional Administrator directly.

State Agency Contacts: Contact information for the agencies responsible for summer feeding programs in each State are available at (Click on State to find contact information; check the “Office Website” column to the far right to confirm that it is the office that operates SFSP.)

SFSP “Food, Fun and Sun” Promising Practices: This link – -- highlights, in stories and photos, examples of innovative and highly successful summer feeding programs.

SFSP Webcasts: FNS series of SFSP informational webinars covered a wide range of topics, from faith-based organizations supporting SFSP, to eliminating transportation barriers in SFSP. Recordings are available here:

SFSP Handbooks: The links below will increase success in supporting SFSP for those engaging media, being a sponsor, or hosting a feeding site:

SFSP "Tips for Success - Rural Programs" Fact Sheet: The Fact Sheet provides tips for entities in rural areas thinking about becoming providing summer food on how to overcome transportation problems associated with rural programs. It is on the web at: