Good nutrition is vital to good health. Community food programs help provide meals and nutrition information to Missourians who meet specific qualifications.

  • WIC, Women, Infants and Children program, offers nutrition education, health screenings and vouchers for food to pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children up to five years of age.
  • The Child and Adult Care Food Programprovides funding for nutritious meals and snacks for eligible children at child care centers, family day care homes, afterschool programs, and emergency shelters, as well as eligible adults in adult day care centers.
  • The Summer Food Service Programprovides funding for nutritious meals and snacks served to children 18 years or younger and young adults who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled in income-eligible areas during the summer when school is not in session. The meals are served by schools and community-based organizations at hundreds of locations throughout the state.
  • The Missouri Commodity Supplemental Food Program distributes food to qualifying senior citizens age 60 and older. Dozens of community organizations across the state help determine program eligibility, distribute the food, and provide nutrition education to program participants.