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Close to half a million meals served in just over 2 months to Waynesville Children

(Waynesville)–Sometime this month, the community food service program of the Waynesville School District will reach the significant milestone of 500-thousand meals served. For more than two months now, the district has been serving thousands of meals to hungry children, Monday through Friday, at four sites, and through 31 unique bus routes. As of last Friday, nearly 468-thousand meals had been served. According to Dr. Brian Henry, the district’s Superintendent of Schools, the funds for the breakfast and lunch meals are provided through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Summer Food Service program, and funding for the third meal, a super snack, is through the U. S Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Child and Adult Food Care Program. Henry says It is so rewarding to know that amidst a national crisis that we have found a way to keep kids fed, not just our students, but all children age 18 and under.” In addition to pre-selected bus routes, the district will continue handing out food through June at drive-up stations located at Wood and Freedom Elementary Schools, and at Waynesville High School. District officials say plans are in place to keep the program going through late July and August.

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