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Interactive Map for Missouri Summer Food Program

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Many community organizations serve meals to children when school is out of session. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) offers an interactive online map where low-income families in Missouri can find where free meals will be provided through the state health department's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

According to the DHSS, 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.

"Summer can be a time of food insecurity for students who receive free and reduced lunches during the school year," said Dr. Randall Williams, DHSS Director. "This interactive map will help ensure Missouri's children are getting critical nutrition all year long by helping identify locations where free food is being served."

The map and more information about the SFSP can be found at www.health.mo.gov/sfsp/. The map can be searched by city, county or zip code. Additional information about the SFSP can be found by telephone at 888-435-1464 (toll-free) or through RELAY MISSOURI for the Hearing and Speech Impaired by dialing 711 or 1-800-676-3777.

Meals will be served to children age 18 and under. They are also provided to individuals age 18 to 21 that have been determined by a state or local educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who participate in an established school program for the mentally or physically disabled.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the Summer Food Service Program.

Organizations interested in providing meals through the program can also write to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Summer Food Service Program, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102 or email at sfsp@health.mo.gov.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

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