Thousands of local children depend upon the free or reduced price meals they eat at school during the academic term for a major portion of their daily nutrition.
So, what happens when school is not in session?
In the City of St. Louis - and in University City, Florissant, Riverview Gardens, Pagedale, St. John, and Overland - children can get free, nutritious meals as part of “Schools Out Café,” a project of the Summer Food Service Program. Breakfasts and lunches are available at 87 participating daycare centers, churches, parks, rec centers, Y’s, and other locations. The St. Louis Public Schools will also serve meals at various school locations.
Mayor Francis Slay recently noted the City’s role as a program sponsor, urged local parents to take advantage of the free program, and asked other local organizations to volunteer sites to serve meals.
For locations serving the free meals, and for information about volunteering your organization to be a feeding site, call (314) 612-5941 or (314) 612-5900.
SFSP is federally funded and administered through the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services.