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How Community Food Efforts are Ramping Up During COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Aired Friday, April 3, 2020

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we hear from two institutions which are gearing up to feed more Tulsans and Oklahomans during the pandemic. Jorge Robles is the Chief Operating Officer of the Tulsa Public Schools, which instituted a feeding program that is now serving lunch and breakfast for 23,000 children a day at school sites and bus stops throughout the district. With the addition of "Tulsa Kitchens Unite," a collaboration between restaurants, Hunger Free Oklahoma, TPS, and other community partners, the food project is expected to expand to 30,000 suppers a week for children and their parents and guardians. 

Plus, we'll hear how the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is gearing up to serve more food-insecure Oklahomans. The food bank serves as the backbone for hundreds of community service organizations that feed the poor, the homeless, children, seniors, and veterans. 

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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