Summer Lunches For Free

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A summertime lunch program for children of low-income families is grossly underused.

That’s the opinion of a spokeswoman for the company partnering with local agencies to provide the meals.

Shondra Jenkins of Sodexo says 22 million kids in the U.S. get free or reduced-price lunches at school, but only three-million are taking part in their summer feeding.

She says it’s a good way to spend less on groceries each week, “With all the stress of the summer months and the heat, these resources are available in local communities and can be a great way to help a family stretch its budget.”

Jenkins says St. Louis has had a “Feeding Our Future” summer lunch program in place since 2006, “By the end of this summer, Feeding Our Future will have provided more than 116,000 free meals to children right here in St. Louis. Nationally, it will have provided to date more than three million.”

But, she says that’s only a small fraction of those eligible who are stepping forward.

To see if your family may qualify, visit the website www.strength.org/summermeals or call 1-866-3-HUNGRY.

To volunteer to help with the program or to make a donation, check out www.nokidhungry2.org .

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