Cherokee Nation Summer Food Program provides meals to youth

May 31, 2018

Anna Walker and her daughter, 6-year-old Kyah Vann, enjoyed lunch on opening day of the 2017 Cherokee Nation Summer Food Program at Sequoyah High School cafeteria.Anna Walker and her daughter, 6-year-old Kyah Vann, enjoyed lunch on opening day of the 2017 Cherokee Nation Summer Food Program at Sequoyah High School cafeteria.

TAHLEQUAH, OKLA. – The Cherokee Nation Summer Food Program is in full-swing, providing free breakfast and lunch to children 18-years-old and under during the summer months.

The program runs from May 29 through June 28 at the Sequoyah High School cafeteria. Breakfast is served from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch from noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

The meals provided consist of fruits, vegetables and proteins that are within the national guidelines for healthy eating.

“This program is important for kids in the area that may not have access to food,” said Althena Wildcat, a program employee. “Throughout the week, we also help out by providing meals for kids who are on campus participating in camps or summer classes, and it’s a good feeling to know that they are all leaving with food in their bellies.”

Sequoyah High School Food Service Supervisor Steve Jones said it is important to provide meals for all children who may not have access to healthy meals or be visiting the campus for activities.

“Many families rely on our program to help during the summer,” Jones said. “Our favorite part of this program is knowing that we prepared a healthy meal that is free to any child who eats here.”

The annual program is open to non-tribal citizens, and adults can also participate at a cost of $2.25 for breakfast and $4 for lunch.

The Summer Food Program is funded by a grant from the Oklahoma Nutritional Program and the United States Department of Agriculture. Last year, Cherokee Nation served more than 1,500 breakfast meals and nearly 3,000 lunch meals.

The cafeteria will be closed on the weekends. For more information on the summer food program, call 918-453-5191.