Last updateMon, 26 Jan 2015 7am

Kids can eat free at school

    Youth in the St. James School District can receive free meals in July. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps assure that eligible populations have access to nutritious meals during the summer months and will allow the district to provide free meals for anyone 18 years and younger.

    There is no fee and no registration to receive meals. When school is not in session, SFSP provides reimbursement to community agencies offering the required continuum of meals. SFSP contracts with schools and other community-based organizations to sponsor the local programs and provide meals to meet established guidelines. The SFSP is administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    Meals will be provided in the Lucy Wortham James Elementary School cafeteria. Breakfast will be served between 7:15 and 8:15 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The program will run from July 7-31.
    “We’ve done it for about 12 years now. This year, is the first year that all the summer activities and fifth quarter students can participate,” Food Service Manager Linda Webster, said.
    Usually, the district provides meals only for summer school, band camp, and football camp students, but has expanded this year to provide the entire community and participating fifth quarter students to be involved as well. The SFPS hopes to increase the nutrition intake of participants and reducing health problems and enhancing learning capacities of students.
    Anyone wanting more information about the program can contact the school at (573) 265-2300.