Friday, July 12, 2013
During the summer months many people, especially children, may find themselves hungry. It is during those months when qualifying low-income individuals can benefit from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The program provides nutritious meals to low-income children age 18 years old and under during the summer months when school lunch and breakfast programs are not available. The program also provides meals to individuals over age 18 who a state educational agency determines to be mentally or physically disabled, and who participate in a school program for the mentally or physically disabled.
There were 264 sponsors serving 948 SFSP sites in Missouri during the summer of 2012. The majority of the sites were in Kansas City, St. Louis and the southern portion of the state. Lola Phillips, associate chief for Community Food and Nutrition Assistance with the Department of Health and Senior Services, said, “Rural Missouri poses unique challenges as there are fewer potential sponsoring organizations per capita coupled with the barrier created by the need for transportation to a food service site.”