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ARCHS' Summer Food Partnership Serves 4,672 Children; Makes $660,829 Local Impact

ARCHS' partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and State of Missouri has provided 4,672 St. Louis children in the Saint Louis Public School District (SLPS) access to healthy meals this summer, while making a $660,829 impact on the local economy in Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) benefits.

Families participating in the ARCHS' summer food program used 89.4% of the funding available to them.

All households in the demonstration areas with children from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade who received free and reduced price meals at school were qualified to be considered for SEBTC. Using the EBT system, this demonstration project tested the most effective way to provide food to low-income children during the summer when school is not in session and children do not have access to school meals. Missouri successfully gave benefits to children in Kansas City, Hickman Mills, and Center School Districts - and expanded the program to St. Louis through ARCHS in 2012

Read more: ARCHS' Summer Food Partnership Serves 4,672 Children; Makes $660,829 Local Impact

ARCHS' Summer Food Program to Serve 4,600 Children

More than $700,000 Impact on Local Economy Expected

ARCHS' partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and State of Missouri will provide 4,600 St. Louis children in the Saint Louis Public School District (SLPS) access to healthy meals this summer, while making more than a $700,000 impact on the local economy in Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) benefits.

SLPS families selected for SEBTC benefits will receive $60 per month per child in June and July, and a pro-rated amount in May and August based upon the school district's schedule. The benefits expire when school resumes in August because eligible children will then have free and reduced price meals available during school hours.

Last summer, families participating in the ARCHS' summer program used 93 percent of the funding available to them.

All households in the demonstration areas with children from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade who received free and reduced price meals at school were qualified to be considered for SEBTC. Because this was a demonstration project, only families who were randomly selected last spring to receive the benefit are participating this year. USDA requires the project to be evaluated each year by a national research firm, resulting in a report to the U.S. Congress.

Using the existing EBT system, this demonstration project tested the most effective way to provide food to low-income children during the summer when school is not in session and children do not have access to school meals.

This is one of the largest demonstration projects undertaken by the USDA.  Lessons learned from Missouri’s project will inform decisions at the federal level about how to best address childhood hunger during the summer months when school meals are not available. This program is not open to the general public and not accepting additional applications.

ARCHS' USDA Partnership Promotes Healthy Eating

ARCHS' USDA Partnership has distributed 5,000 "Sesame Street: Food for Thought" packets to students in Saint Louis Public Schools. The packets focus on healthy food choices and gives children tips on how to make their own nutritious snacks.

The USDA awarded grant funding to Missouri this year to implement Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) for the summer of 2012. Through ARCHS, the funding will provide benefits this summer for approximately 5,300 eligible, randomly chosen, children who attend Saint Louis Public Schools. Chosen households are receiving $60 per month per child in June and July, and a pro-rated amount in May and August based upon the school district's schedule.

With 5,300 children expected to receive benefits this summer, St. Louis area stores and farmers' markets will redeem more than $800,000 in SEBTC benefits. This program is not open to the general public and participants have already been selected for this year.

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ARCHS' USDA Partnership to have $800,000 Impact on Local Economy

5,300 Children to be Served

The USDA has again awarded grant funding to Missouri to implement Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) for the summer of 2012. This summer, the funding will provide benefits for approximately 5,300 children in the Saint Louis Public Schools through ARCHS.

The Saint Louis Public School families selected for SEBTC benefits are in the process of being notified and will receive $60 per month per child in June and July, and a pro-rated amount in May and August based upon the school district’s schedule. With 5,300 children expected to receive benefits this summer, St. Louis area stores and farmer’s markets will redeem over $800,000 in SEBTC benefits. The benefits  expire when school resumes in August  because children will have  free and reduced price meals available during school hours.

All households in the demonstration areas with children from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade who receive free and reduced price meals at school were qualified to be considered for SEBTC. Because this was a demonstration project, some families were randomly selected this spring to receive the benefit and others, who were not selected, will participate in surveys. USDA requires the project to be evaluated each year by a national research firm, resulting in a report to Congress

Read more: ARCHS' USDA Partnership to have $800,000 Impact on Local Economy