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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 .

The Missouri project is a collaboration of the Departments of Social Services, Health and Senior Services, Elementary and Secondary Education, ARCHS, Local Investment Commission (LINC), Saint Louis Public Schools, Kansas City Public Schools, Hickman Mills, and Center School Food Authorities.

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.