Children of low-income families will soon have healthy food options over the summer

Children of low-income families will soon have healthy food options over the summer

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Least of These, a local food pantry, recently launched a new program to help alleviate the stress some low-income families face during the summer months.

On May 1st the food bank started the Summer Healthy Food Initiative that aims to provide these families in Christian County with additional fruits, vegetables, protein options, and whole grains in addition to the current 5 days of supplemental food that they offer to the families they serve already.

The program is targeting the problem of a hunger gap for kids who normally would qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunches during the school year.

The program will continue through August and provide food-insecure Christian County families with an additional 100 pounds of food every month.

“We have identified 525 Christian County families who currently seek monthly assistance at Least of These who have children under the age of 18 living in their homes,” said Bonnie Schooler, executive director. “By providing additional fruits, vegetables, proteins, and whole grains, we will keep their cupboards stocked longer and give our families healthier options.”

The funding of the new program is provided by grantors and donations.

If you would like to help support Least of These or the Summer Healthy Food Initiative you can make a monetary donation on their website or by texting “Feeding People” to 417.815.2020.

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