The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services offers an online map that can help low-income families in Missouri find out where their children can receive free meals this summer. The interactive map pinpoints hundreds of locations in Missouri where meals will be provided through the state health department’s Summer Food Service Program. Community organizations serve the meals at schools, churches, parks, swimming pools, YMCA facilities, Boys and Girls Clubs and other spots where children gather when school is not in session. The meals are provided to all children who attend the program. Children do not have to register, and there is no fee to participate in the program.
The map and more information about the Summer Food Service Program can be found at health.mo.gov/sfsp/. The map can be searched by city, county or ZIP code. For families without access to the Internet, summer meal sites in the area can also be found by texting the phrase “Summer Meals” to the text number 97779.
Meals will be served to children age 18 and younger. They are also provided to individuals age 18 to 21 who have been determined by a state or local educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who participate in an established school program for the mentally or physically disabled.
Funding for the Summer Food Service Program is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
More information about the Summer Food Service Program is available online at health.mo.gov/sfsp or by telephone at (888) 435-1464, toll-free. Hearing- and speech-impaired residents can dial 711 or (800) 676-3777. Potential sponsors may also email the Summer Food Service Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Summer Food Service Program, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102.