Summer Food Sites

Choctaw Nation Provides Meals to Area Children This Summer

Published May 31, 2024

DURANT, Okla. – The Choctaw Nation Summer Food Service Program will continue its beneficial program of meal distribution to children across southeastern Oklahoma this summer.

“We are pleased to offer multiple opportunities for children to get a nutritious meal this summer,” says Shelly Rector, senior director of USDA food and nutrition programs for Choctaw Nation. “Through grants with the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) we are able to supply the meals to anyone, regardless of nationality and with no discrimination.”

The meals are now available and will continue through the summer until the start of the school year. Check with your site for specific day of the week for distribution, as it varies by location.

“I am so thankful for the program. It keeps my kids fed,” said Donna Simmons, a single mother of four children. “It’s easy to participate. I can even help feed their friends who are over playing. It just helps everyone.”

Free meals which meet federal nutrition guidelines are provided to all children ages 18 years and under at approved Summer Food Service Program sites in areas with significant concentration of low-income children. The parents will be able to grab meals and go during the hours specified online.

Sites are located throughout Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Haskell, Hughes, Latimer, Le Flore, McCurtain, Pittsburg, and Pushmataha counties. Go to for more information.

About The Choctaw Nation

The Choctaw Nation is the third-largest Indian Nation in the United States with more than 225,000 tribal members and 12,000-plus associates. This ancient people has an oral tradition dating back over 13,000 years. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, its historic reservation boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma, covering 10,923 square miles. The Choctaw Nation’s vision, “Living out the Chahta Spirit of faith, family and culture,” is evident as it continues to focus on providing opportunities for growth and prosperity.


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