During the school year, thousands of the City's children are provided breakfast and lunch at school. But, over the summer months, many of these students do not have access to a nutritious breakfast or lunch. To help meet their needs, the City's Department of Human Services is again sponsoring "School's Out Café," a summer meal program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The City has recruited, trained and is sponsoring 71 volunteer sites that will serve meals Monday through Friday until August 7, 2015. The City has no limit on the number of breakfast and lunches the program can provide to children and youth this summer.
"No child should ever go hungry," Mayor Slay said. "Providing meals over the summer to children in need helps families fill the financial gap when school lunches end. So that we can serve as many children in as many neighborhoods as possible, we are asking for more volunteer sites to participate."
Anyone 18 years or younger is eligible to eat. In addition, people who have been determined eligible by a state or local educational agency to have a mental or physical disability are also eligible.
Families can find the nearest School's Out Café and organizations looking to open a site should call (314) 657-1695. Examples of sites are: Cherokee Recreation Center on Jefferson, Marquette Recreation Center on Minnesota, Monsanto YMCA on Page, The Sanctuary on Redbud, and Emerson Family YMCA on Pershall Road.
There are no limits to the number of sites the City can sponsor. It is not too late for additional volunteer sites to join the effort to feed children in all neighborhoods.