Free meals provided to kids during the summer month
By KMOV Web Producer
(KMOV) -- Human services departments in St. Louis City and St. Louis County are part of a network that is providing free breakfast and lunch meals to kids when they are out of school this summer.
"It's a void that's created when schools shut down and it really does present a challenge for families to be able to provide the level of meals that are provided during the school year," said Bill Siedhoff - Director of St. Louis' Department of Human Services.
The city said it's able to serve nearly 400,000 meals to anyone 18 and younger as part of the "School's Out Cafe" program. There are at least 81 participating sites where the meals are served, according to Siedhoff. The city said that people who also have a mental or physical disability are also eligible.
The Dream Center and Operation Food Search are also helping to serve meals across the region. Operation Food Search has partnered with local libraries to serve meals.
To find a meal site, dial 2-1-1 (or 800-427-4626) to reach United Way services. The hotline will be able to direct you to a site near you.