The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and the George Kaiser Family Foundation are partnering with Dolores Huerta Elementary School to offer a monthly pop-up food market at the school. Thanks to this unique partnership, students and their families have access to free food, including fresh fruits and vegetables.
The food bank’s School and Pantry Coordinator Homar Vincencio says his organization customizes its food offerings for each community it serves: “Dolores Huerta Elementary has a large hispanic community so here we’re offering tortillas, limes, avocados, pinto beans, and rice as well as other staples like spaghetti and elbow macaroni.”
John McCarthy is Chief Impact Officer at the food bank. He says the market also gives students a hands-on learning opportunity: “We also offer cooking demonstrations at this market and one of our favorites is guacamole, so the kids can come and cook with us and learn how to make a tasty snack.”
Principal Janice Thoumire says she’s gotten a very positive response from participating students and families: “It gives our children and our families another source of food and because it’s at a school, it meets them in a place where they already are. It gives us a chance to be a resource for our families, to get them involved and to help them feel at home in our school.”