The last thing most of us think about is where we're going to get our next meal but many kids after school is out for the summer have to think about it daily. While school's in session, they can be assured there will be food available for them at their school and a lot of times they will be able to take something home with them each evening and on Friday for the weekend.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has been helping families in need during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Through the Summer Food Service Program, thousands of meals have been provided and will continue to be provided all summer. The program is designed to provide breakfast, lunch, and/or snacks to children living in eligible areas during the summer months and during times of public emergencies, when children do not have access to free or reduced-price meals at school.

According to the map it shows not only locations around the state but also 15 different locations in Pettis County. 13 are in and around the Sedalia city limits, one is in Hughesville and one is in Smithton.

Each location will provide seven breakfasts, seven lunches or suppers, and one gallon of milk for every child age 1-18. Kids do not have to be present, and a parent can pick up for their children, in their home of under their care. To pick up for another child requires prior approval. Times, days, and locations may change.

For the nearest location, text "meals" to 97779 or check out this map.

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