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The Summer Food Service Program: Preventing Summertime Hunger

School may now be in session for some in Missouri but for other students it is still out for summer. Students in more than 800 locations across Missouri are still served free and nutritious meals in their communities through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

SFSP offers up to four meals per day; breakfast, lunch, supper, and a snack. The number of meals provided varies from one SFSP site to the next.

Finding Free Summer Meals for Your Child
Would your child benefit from a free meal or a few free meals each day through the summer months? You can find out where the closest SFSP sites are to your home by calling 1-866-3-HUNGER or 1-877-8-HAMBRE Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm CST; by visiting www.whyhunger.org/findfood; by emailing nhc@whyhunger.org (include your city, state and zip code); or by using the Missouri SFSP Mobile Map App.

Spreading the Word About Summertime Meals
There are a number of ways you can help spread the word about SFSP in your community:
1) Contact your local radio station: The SFSP has free, downloadable Public Service Announcements (PSA) on its website that radio stations should run on the air at no charge. Download the PSA transcripts and learn more about how the PSA works here. The SFSP also makes recordings available of the PSAs in English and Spanish. You can find those under “Multimedia Products” on this page.
2) Visit this site to download printable flyers, door hangers, brochures, and toolkits in English and Spanish to help families in your community learn about summer meals available to children.

Become an SFSP Sponsor
Schools, nonprofits, government agencies, summer camps, and national youth sports programs can all sponsor the SFSP program. If you’re interested in bringing nutritious summer meals to kids in your community, it may be possible to partner with one of these organizations in your area.

To learn more about the resources available to Missouri’s public school students during the school year and in the summer months, subscribe to MOParent’s email updates.


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