Junior League volunteers prepare a weekly meal (during the summer) and bi-weekly meal (during the school year) with approximately 12 residents at the Family Junction Emergency Youth Shelter, a program of Youth Services of Oklahoma County. These residents, ages 12-17, stay at the shelter while in crisis or experiencing a transition in their living situation.
JLOC volunteers plan the menu and include a fun and educational health-related activity around the menu’s theme. Residents are hands-on in the preparation and serving process, eating the meal in a “family style” setting together, while also learning about healthy food options and choices. The goal is to break the routine of regular “fast food” meals, teaching cooking fundamentals, and the importance of healthy eating to children who are living independently.