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Food 4 Kids

In 2012-13, nearly every school district The Food Bank serves saw an increase in the number of children qualifying for the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program — 56,000 children in all!  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.

Columbia Locations:

July 6th – August 14th

Bear Creek Park : 11-12 PM
Albert-Oakland Park Shelter #3 :  11:30-12:30 PM
Indian Hills Park : 12:00-1:00 PM
Fire Station #1 St. Charles Rd. : 12:30-1:30 PM
Again St. Park : 1:00-2:00 PM

*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
Jaycee Park : 12:00-1:00 PM
Brashear Park : 12:00-1:00 PM

*Special thanks to Hyvee for providing meals



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