As school lets out for the summer across the state, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says it’s important that kids still get healthy meals every day. The department is hoping a new interactive website will help in that effort.
Janice Rambo, a nutrition specialist with the department, says the web page will detail all the sites for the free summer breakfast and lunch programs on an interactive map.
“We’re really excited about being able to have up-to-date information. In the past, we’ve posted a list at the beginning of the summer but things change sometimes on a daily basis, new sites are added all the time throughout the summer and times for the meals might change and as this occurs, as we update our database, the map will be updated immediately,” Rambo said.
The approved sites are in areas with identified low-income populations, but there are no requirements for individuals like there are with the free meals during the school year. A free meal is available at more than 700 sites in the state to any child under the age of 18. Follow this link and click on “Find a Summer Food Site Near You” to search the new interactive map.