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Summer Food Service Program now accessible

Operation Food Search’s (OFS) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) began on June 5 and will run through Aug. 11 from Mondays to Fridays at mobile and stationary sites throughout the St. Louis area.

OFS, a non-profit hunger relief organization, has teamed up with new area partners to create additional avenues and expand existing methods for feeding children 18 years of age and younger. SFSP, which is funded by the USDA, ensures that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

New collaborations and extended services include:

• OFS will team up with 20 AmeriCorps leaders who are part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps millions of Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Along with meal service, AmeriCorps volunteers will provide educational interaction and entertaining activities.

• The St. Louis Public Library – which has five locations – will now feature the OFS mobile route service at the following branch locations: Carpenter, Carondelet, Central, Divoll, and Walnut Park. OFS has offered the stationary option at several St. Louis County Libraries since 2014 and will continue this year.

• St. Louis Community Credit Union – which has three of its 15 locations for distribution sites – will now feature OFS mobile route service at the following branches: Gateway (Union and Natural Bridge), Pagedale (24:1 Wealth Accumulation Center), and Benton Park (South City Wealth Accumulation Center).

• Community pop-up pantries, which will be held on five Fridays throughout the summer, will provide shelf-stable food, fresh fruits and vegetables, and on-site cooking demonstrations. The pop-up pantries will be located on the existing mobile routes to ensure access to healthy food over the weekend.

OFS is located at 1644 Lotsie Blvd. For more information, call (314) 726-5355 or visit operationfoodsearch.org.

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