ARCHS was honored with a "legacy award" by the Helping Hands Food Pantry at their October 22, 2016 luncheon. ARCHS' Les Johnson (pictured above second from left) accepted the award that recognized the leadership role ARCHS has played in supporting an innovative summer meals program.
During the school year, many children receive meals through the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and National School Lunch Program (NSLP). When summer begins, these children lose access to healthy meals and their nutritional needs are not met when the schools close. Since 2012, ARCHS has participated in a national demonstration project to address this issue, providing more than 8,000 children with summer meals support.
The households chosen received extra funding each month per child for the summer months and prorated amounts for the partial months when school ended in the spring and resumed at the end of summer.
The St. Louis program is a partnership with ARCHS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Social Services, Family and Community Trust, St. Louis Public Schools, and Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.