grant presentation

Janna Ragland (Center) presented a check for $1000 to Jim Spangler, President of Rogers County Salvation Army. Also pictured is Jerry Emanuel, Food 4 Kids Coordinator and Major Mark Harrell from Tulsa Area Command.

The Rogers County Salvation Army Food 4 Kids program received a $1,000 grant.

“We really appreciate it,” said Angie Graves, director of the RCSA Food 4 Kids program.

Janna Ragland, General Manager of Claremore Public Schools Child Nutrition, secured the grant for Food 4 Kids through Sodexo food services.

“It’s a continuation of a process that’s been started a number of years ago,” Ragland said. “Of course it’s for the school, the community and all the kids we're serving here in the lunch program.”

This is the second year Ragland has written a grant request for the program on behalf of Claremore Public Schools.

Ragland said when she saw the grant open up for applications she wanted to secure it so it wouldn’t be a lost source of funding.

“I know, especially now with COVID, finding the funds and the resources for Foods 4 Kids and the Salvation Army to procure the donations or food needed for the number of students we’re feeding can be difficult,” she said. “I know just having a little extra money in their funding could help replace maybe a lost donation.”

Graves said the Food 4 Kids program feeds kids on the weekend where they may not have access to food.

“Hunger is a problem and it has been for a long time,” she said.

Food 4 Kid programs feed 412 kids each month.

“We’ve been very blessed since 2009 to continue this program,” Graves said.

Graves said the program started in 2009 with 30 kids and has grown every year.

“Our funding comes from people in the community who love kids,” Graves said.

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