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A Tulsa community food bank delivered food to those in need during the Oklahoma statewide teacher walkout

A community food bank helped hungry kids in need during the Oklahoma statewide teacher walkout

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ULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma has done their part trying to help feed kids forced to stay home with schools closed Monday.

On a cold day like today, a hot meal can mean everything. Especially, when these meals may be the only food these kids get.

Trucks traveled to nine different spots in Tulsa for the first day of the walkout, parking and providing lunch to families like Clarissa Smith’s.

“It’s really a blessing for them to come out here to feed our children," said Smith.

She says, for her, this statewide teacher walkout feels like a bad dream.

“Right now, I’m still in denial that it’s still a walkout, and I'm still really shocked what’s going on in this crazy world," said Smith, but make no mistake, she does support the teachers protesting.

Her apartment was the first on the food truck tour.

The Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma was hoping to serve more than 900 kids today.

Chef Jeff Marlow and his team started prepping Thursday, and with Tulsa Public Schools closed Tuesday, they’ll be out serving food again tomorrow.

“While this walkout is going on, these kids, they still need to eat; it’s not their fault. It’s not the teachers' fault," said Marlow.

This is a situation the organization has been preparing for. They've been stocking their shelves at the warehouse for weeks.

“The reality is this is probably the only meal they’re getting, breakfast and lunch during the day," said Marlow.

The trucks will be out from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. during the week. On Wednesday, they’ll serve pizza, salad, oranges and a special treat.

There are other food bank locations across Green Country where you can pick up non-perishable meals.

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