Summer Feeding Program Funding Fears

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Updated: 6/11/2013 6:32 pm Published: 6/11/2013 5:53 pm

FOX23 has learned the Summer Feeding Program, meant to help feed children from struggling homes, is looking to get more involvement out of fear they could lose funding.

Sand Springs Public Schools has opened three new summer feeding stations.

For some students in Sand Springs Public Schools they may not always have the luxury of a warm, nutritious meal at home.

"There's families out here that can't afford to do stuff such as myself," said Dannette Cliff, a mother of two. Bother of her sons use the Summer Feeding Program. She's living off her boyfriend and son's father's income from Wal-Mart.

"You can somehow survive off a Wal-Mart paycheck but there's something’s that you just cannot get," said Cliff.

In Sand Springs Public school there are about 3,500 children who qualify for free and reduce lunch. That's more than 60-percent of the students.

"But what we're seeing is people just aren't taking advantage of it (the Summer Feeding Program)," said Sand Springs School Board Member Rusty Gunn.

He is hoping more kids will turn out and take part in it. On Monday, there were 199 kids fed.  

"We're really concerned that if we don't get more participation in this that some of the funding might disappear. We know the need is here it’s just getting people to take part in it," said Gunn.

We've learned the school puts the money upfront and the government reimburses them. United States Department of Agriculture reimburses Summer Feeding Programs $3.47 per lunch served.  The program isn’t only extended to low income families.

"Even people who aren't considered in poverty or low income are struggling right now our economy is just tough," said Gunn.

The program will continue through July 26.

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