Cherokee Nation Summer Food Program in full swing



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

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation is hosting its annual Summer Food Program, which provides free breakfast and lunch to children 18 years old and under.

The program runs from May 22 through July 6 at the Sequoyah High School cafeteria. Breakfast is served from 7 to 8 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.

Sequoyah High School Food Services Director Steve Jones said it is important to provide meals for all children who may not have access to healthy meals or 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 meals provided consist of fruits, vegetables and proteins that are within the national guidelines for healthy eating.

The school’s summer staff also participates, including Sequoyah High School nurse Brenda Ogden, who visited the program on opening day.

“I am so glad to see that the school offers this program for the older kids who are on campus for activities, but also for the younger kids who may not have access to food of this nutritional value,” Ogden said.

Program is open to non-tribal citzens. Parents and adults can also take part in the food program at a cost of $2 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 breakfasts and nearly 3,000 lunches.

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

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