June 13, 2013

Online map helps families locate local summer food programs

Free meals will be served to low-income children at hundreds of locations in Missouri

A new online map is designed to 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 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 children who receive free or reduced price meals during the regular school year. Children do not have to register and there is no fee to participate in the program.

The map is located at http://gis.dhss.mo.gov/Website/AGS_summerFood/summerFood.html. The map can be searched by city, county or zip code. For families without access to the internet, many community libraries have computers the public can use free of charge. More information is also available by calling, toll-free, 1-888-435-1464 or through RELAY MISSOURI for the hearing and speech impaired at 1-800-735-2966.

Meals will be served to participating children age 18 and under. Meals are provided to individuals ages 18 to 21 who are determined by a state or local educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and also 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.