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For many kids and families in the St. Louis region, summer is often anything but a vacation. Instead of a relaxing break to explore new interests and places, it’s often a time when many struggle to afford nutritious food to eat––especially children who rely on free and reduced-price school meals. When school is out, kids are more at-risk for hunger and obesity. Nearly 173,000 children in our bi-state region bear the burden of food insecurity.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), funded by the USDA, ensures that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Operation Food Search, a SFSP Sponsor, is connecting thousands of children 18 years and under to food while they enjoy fun activities that stimulate their minds.

Find Free Meals In Your Area

Text ‘Food’ to 877-877
and receive a text back with the address and program information for sites closest to you.
The summer meal program runs Monday-Friday, starting June 5th through August 11th.

Program Innovation

Our Summer Meals Program––now in its 5th summer––has grown substantially. In 2012, OFS sponsored SFSP at a single location, serving 5,000 meals to children. Last year the we served nearly 100,000 meals at a combination of stationary and mobile sites throughout the St. Louis region. The introduction of the mobile meals concept (vans that bring the food to select neighborhood sites) proved successful in breaking down transportation barriers and increased access to healthy food. As a result, child participation at OFS-sponsored sites grew by 40% over summer 2015. This year the mobile meal vans will expand from 16 locations to a total of 33.

New collaborations and extended services include:

  • OFS will team up with 20 AmeriCorps leaders who are part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps millions of Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Along with meal service, AmeriCorps volunteers will provide educational interaction and entertaining activities.
  • The St. Louis Public Library – which has five locations – will now feature the OFS mobile route service at the following branch locations: Carpenter, Carondelet, Central, Divoll, and Walnut Park. OFS has offered the stationary option at several St. Louis County Libraries since 2014 and will continue this year.
  • St. Louis Community Credit Union – which has three of its 15 locations for distribution sites – will now feature OFS mobile route service at the following branches: Gateway (Union and Natural Bridge), Pagedale (24:1 Wealth Accumulation Center), and Benton Park (South City Wealth Accumulation Center).
  • Community pop-up pantries, which will be held on five Fridays throughout the summer, will provide shelf-stable food, fresh fruits and vegetables, and on-site cooking demonstrations. The pop-up pantries will be located on the existing mobile routes to ensure access to healthy food over the weekend.

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Summer vacation is a much-deserved reward for a year of hard work in the classroom. Unfortunately that’s not the case for everyone – especially for children who rely on free and reduced-price school meals. When school is out, kids are more at-risk for hunger and obesity. Nearly 143,000 children in our bi-state region bear the burden of food insecurity.

Helping Kids be Kids This Summer.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), funded by the USDA, ensures that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Operation Food Search, a SFSP Sponsor, is connecting thousands of children 18 years and under to food while they enjoy fun activities that stimulate their minds.

Find Free Summer Meals In Your Area

During the summer months, Text ‘Food’ to 877-877, and receive a text back with the address and program information for sites closest to you, or information about how to find food resources in your area.

Operation Food Search Goes Mobile!

Be on the lookout for our food truck! We are bringing food to help feed kids in the St. Louis area.

MobileRoute

PLEASE NOTE:
THE WEEK OF 8/1 IS THE LAST WEEK OF OUR SUMMER MEALS PROGRAM.


NORTH

University Commons
11:00am – 11:30am
Monday – Thursday
900 Westgate Ave.
University City, MO 63130

Wellston Place
11:45pm – 12:15am
1500 Wellston Pl.
St. Louis, MO 63133

Primm Place
12:30pm – 1:00pm
9800 Chicago Heights Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132

Spanish Cove Townhomes
1:30pm – 2:00pm
1784 San Remo Ct.
St. Louis, MO 63137

Glasgow Village
2:15pm – 2:45pm
335 Shepley Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63137

Laurel Park Apartments
3:25pm – 3:45pm
9605 Jacobi Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63136

Glen Owen Green
3:55pm – 4:25pm
9556 Glen Owen Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63136

Castle Point Park
4:40pm – 5:10pm
2465 Baroness Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63136

Gregory J. Carter
5:25pm – 5:45pm
5800 Lillian Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63136


SOUTH

St. Louis Bibleway
12:15pm – 12:35pm
6719 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63133

Fox Manor Apartments
1:20pm – 1:50pm
4725 S. Spring Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63116

Salvation Army Arsenal
2:10pm – 2:40pm
2740 Arsenal St.
St. Louis, MO 63118

Amberg Park
3:20pm – 3:50pm
Gustine Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63116

Mt. Pleasant Park
4:00pm – 4:30pm
4506 E. Michigan Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63111

Carondelet Triangle
4:40pm – 5:10pm
6408 Michigan Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63111

Old Lyon School
5:20pm – 5:50pm
Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri.
7400 Vermont Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63111

Love Bank Park
6:05pm – 6:30pm
Mon., Tues.,  Wed., Fri. – Th 5:20 – 5:50
2851 Cherokee St.
St. Louis, MO 63116

Find Free Summer Meals In Your Area

During the summer months, text ‘Food’ to 877-877, and receive a text back with the address and program information for sites closest to you, or information about how to find food resources in your area.

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Additional Summer Meal Site Resources

Summer Food Service Program – State of Missouri
Summer Food Service Program – St. Louis County
Summer Food Program – St. Louis City

The SFSP is a program administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

This program or parts of this program may be funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food & Nutrition Service as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office of Adjudication & Compliance, 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410  or call (202) 260-1026, (866) 632-9992 (toll free), or (202) 401-0216.