The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is making sure kids don't go hungry over the Thanksgiving break.
The food bank said with students across Tulsa out of school this week, they won't be getting daily meal deliveries from TPS. So, volunteers made sure those kids still have something to eat this week. The food bank visited apartment complexes across Tulsa to pass out food for kids in need. They were at Mohawk Manor on Monday delivering meals to eager families.
"It's a complete meal and then we give them juice and milk also so they have enough food and it's five meals for the week, so you know, they can feel good about eating healthy food, nutritious foods for children,” said Colleen Almeida Smith.
Smith is with the food bank and said families across Oklahoma are having a really tough year because of the pandemic, so the food bank wanted to make sure keeping food on the table wasn't an extra burden for families.
"There is such a need in Tulsa... Tulsa has a great amount of free and reduced lunches traditionally, but you know the COVID has just hit really hard, and families are struggling to find meals and feed their children, so we're trying to help as much as we can," Smith said.
The food bank said the meals will go to any child up to 18 years old. The food bank will be giving away meals at 7 p.m. other locations and plans to give away about 2,500 meals in all.