(KFVS) - The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is making it easier for children to find places to receive free meals this summer.
Local summer food programs serve free meals to children from low income families at hundreds of locations in Missouri through the state department's Summer Food Service Program. Now, an online map showing which locations offer children free meals can be found at
. Community organizations serve meals at churches, schools, parks, pools, YMCA facilities, and Boys and Girls Clubs when school is out for the summer. There is no registration or fee required.
Meals are served to children 18 and younger who receive free and reduced lunches during the school year. Individuals ages 18 through 21 who have been determined by a state or local educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and participate in an established school program for the mentally or physically disabled.
"When school is out for the summer, children who receive meals at school are at risk of not getting the nutrition they need," said Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Gail Vasterling. "This map makes it easier for families to find out where their children can receive nutritious meals during the summer months. We know good nutrition is essential for effective learning all year long."
If there is no way to access the internet, visit your local library. It may have a computer available free of charge.
For more information call toll free 1-888-435-1464 or contact Relay Missouri for the Hearing and Speech Impaired at 1-800-735-2966.
Funding is provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture. Organizations interested in providing meals can contact the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Summer Food Service Program at P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102.