St. Louis’s food program up and running

June 19, 2018 by  

Recently, St. Louis’s mayor, Lyda Krewson, confirmed that the City of St. Louis Summer Food Service Program, known as the ‘School’s Out Café’, will be running again this year, and that meal service has already started.

Food insecurity is a nationwide problem, with some children getting their only hot meals at school. When the academic year ends, so does this source of nutrition. However, for over 45 years, St. Louis has stepped in, providing free breakfasts and lunches through its summer program. The city provides the food, which is then served to youngsters at various points throughout the city by different organizations. Krewson said parents should consider taking advantage of the program; she also asked other organizations to get in touch with city officials if they had a site where they could feed children.

Children and young people from ages one through eighteen are welcome to take part at locations in St. Louis proper and throughout the county. Locations for the free meals include public parks, recreation centers, churches, day care providers, and YMCAs. To find a location of a School’s Out meal, parents may call the Department of Human Services (314) 657-1654, or check the city’s website.

The program started June 4 and runs through August 10, Mondays through Fridays.

In order to provide important information like this to many people, officials might consider working with a flyer printing company to create a mailer for residents.

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