For Immediate Release:
June 14th, 2017
Contact: Magen Allen
(212) 825-0028 x212
National Anti-Hunger Leader to Visit Broken Arrow
To Promote Summer Meals for OK Kids
Community Leaders Hold Fun Summer Activities to
Encourage Participation in Summer Meals Program
What: Joel Berg, the CEO of Hunger Free America, a national advocacy and direct service organization, will visit a summer feeding program run by the New Heights Summer Camp of Broken Arrow Church of Christ to showcase federally-funded summer meals for kids in Oklahoma, as well as to highlight the federally-funded AmeriCorps VISTA program, which is aiding the feeding site.
Where: New Heights Summer Camp, 505 E. Kenosha Broken Arrow, OK
When: Friday, June 16th, 2017 at 11:15 AM
Visuals: Press conference followed by ability to photograph (with the permission of their parents) kids eating the summer meals lunches.
Why: Across the country, one in six children live in hunger, and Oklahoma’s hunger is worse than the national average. In 2013-2015, 15.5 percent of state residents (one in six), according to USDA, lived in homes that couldn’t always afford enough food. Oklahoma’s food insecurity rate is 13% higher than the national average.
Most of the children living in these homes are dependent on free and reduced school lunch and breakfast throughout the school year, causing some serious hunger issues once school is out. This is why the USDA sponsors free summer meals for kids aged 18 and younger. But, according to a new FRAC report, OK has LOWEST summer meals participation rate in the nation. Out of every 18 kids in OK that gets school lunches, only one gets summer meals.
The New Heights Summer Camp at Broken Arrow Church of Christ offers free, federally-funded summer meals for kids, as well as fun recreational activities. Their program is assisted by AmeriCorps*VISTA participants who are funded by the federal government and sponsored by Hunger Free America.
Families anywhere in Oklahoma or America can call the USDA National Hunger Hotline at: 1-866-3-HUNGRY/1-877-8-HAMBRE to find a summer meals site near them.
About Hunger Free America CEO Joel Berg
Joel Berg is a nationally recognized leader and media spokesman in the fields of domestic hunger, food security, obesity, poverty, food-related economic development, national service, and volunteerism. Joel currently leads Hunger Free America, formerly known as the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.
Joining the organization in 2001, Joel has grown the nonprofit into a multi-million-dollar, respected national champion for Americans struggling to obtain nutritious food. Hunger Free America is building a nonpartisan grassroots movement coast-to-coast to enact the economic policies and programs needed to finally solve the problem of domestic hunger. Operating on the philosophy, “Ending hunger lifts us all,” Joel and his team advocate for systemic change across the country, seeking higher wages, more living wage jobs, and a stronger nutrition safety net. The group also manages AmeriCorps*VISTA national service projects in 29 states and the USDA National Hunger Hotline, which provides callers the tools they need to obtain government and private food resources close to home.
Joel is also the author of the new book America We Need to Talk: a Self Help Book for the Nation, the nation’s first public policy self-help book, available in stores and online now. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison called the book “important and entertaining.”