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No Ray County sites exist in federal summer food program for kids

No Ray County sites are currently participating in the Summer Food Service Program, which provides meals for children who face “food scarcity” when school is not in session.

By Joy Tipping/Richmond News Managing Editor

For children who are at risk of going hungry during the summer months, federal and state governments offer a solution: the Summer Food Service Program, funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

A handy online map pinpoints locations where families can take advantage of the free meal service, which is open to all children ages 0-18 whose family incomes are less than or equal to 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines; and also to income-eligible adults over 18 who have been determined by a state educational agency to be disabled and who participate in a school-based program for the disabled.

Sounds great. So where are those locations in Ray County?

Nowhere.

There are no organizations participating in SFSP in this county — where more than 1,100 children were considered “food insecure” as of 2015, according to Feed America. “Food insecure” is defined as “lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious foods.”

The complete version of this story appears in the Friday, June 8, 2018, edition of The Richmond News.

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