When schools dismiss for summer, many students lose their most reliable source of nutritious food. With a $50,000 grant awarded by Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, Southeast Missouri Food Bank will be able to provide healthy food to children who may otherwise miss meals this summer. One in five children in southeast Missouri live in homes without enough access to food. That number is even higher in some of our most southern and rural counties: one in four children in Mississippi and New Madrid and one in three in Pemiscot. Under the grant, the food bank and partners in these counties will hold a series of A Better Childhood (ABC) Mobile food distributions in conjunction with existing summer feeding programs. ABC food distributions provide 200 to 300 families with food in asafe and familiar location, such as schools, parks, community centers and churches. These distributions also focus on providing access to nutritious food, especially fresh produce, which is the most requested item by families attending ABC mobiles. Distributions will be every other week at each site throughout the summer, providing more than 30 pounds of food each month to families. Partners in the grant are Bowden Center/Fresh Start in Charleston, Life Changers in Lilbourn, Pemiscot County School District at the Hayti cafeteria and Faith Temple in Hayti. Parents can contact each organization for details on the feeding programs offered. Distributions at Faith Temple will be May 28, June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23 and Aug. 9. The schedule for the remaining three sites is June 4, June 18, July 2, July 16, July 30 and Aug. 13. More information about SEMO Food Bank and its programs can be found online at




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