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Food 4 Kids

In the 2014-15 school year, the number of kids eligible for Free & Reduced lunches would was 57,800!  The program provides for children during the school year, but The Food Bank wants to continue meeting the need throughout the summer.

The Food 4 Kids Program serves free lunches to children at designated sites through the summer. Meals are served as a complete package and have the same meal components as school lunch.

Summer Food 4 Kids is made possible by The Food Bank, general donations, the time and effort of local volunteers, support from our affiliate, Feeding America and the Federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).


Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday to help over the lunch hour to pass out lunches to children at the following sites.  2-3 volunteers are needed to be at each site listed below to receive the lunches, pass out the lunches, interact with the children while they are eating and pick up any trash on site.  If you are available in helping, please contact Melanie Lake at 573-447-6609 or at soon as possible.  We welcome volunteers to sign up for a block of days or as many individuals days as you are available.  This is a great service opportunity for church groups, youth service groups and folks that have a heart to make sure kids get a lunch each weekday.

To volunteer you must complete the following two sets of training instructions:

Training Instructions
Volunteer Training Completion Form


Columbia Locations:

July 6th – August 14th

Bear Creek Park : 12-1 PM
1402 Elleta Blvd, Columbia, MO 65202

Albert-Oakland Park Shelter #3 :  12-1 PM
1900 Blue Ridge Rd, Columbia, MO 65202

Indian Hills Park : 12-1 PM

Fire Station #1 : St. Charles Rd. : 12-1 PM
5910 E St Charles Rd Columbia, MO 65202

Again St. Park : 12-1 PM
1200 Again St, Columbia, MO 65203

*Volunteers are asked to arrive at 11:30 to help set up and plan to stay a little after lunches are served for clean-up

*Special thanks to the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department for providing shelters and to Smithton Middle School for providing the meals.


Kirksville Locations:

June 8th – August 7th

*closed June 29th through July 3rd

PC Mills Park : 12:00-1:00 PM
1506 S. Baird Street Kirksville, MO

Jaycee Park : 12:00-1:00 PM
1115 N. Osteopathy Street Kirksville, MO

Brashear Park : 12:00-1:00 PM
1415 E. Normal Street Kirksville, MO

*Special thanks to Hyvee for providing meals


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