Nearly 85 million health meals served for Missouri residents during COVID-19 response

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Nearly 85 million health meals served for Missouri residents during COVID-19 response

(KFVS) – The Missouri Department of Health reported that 84,597,200 meals were served during the COVID-19 response.

DHSS announced this on Monday, October 4th.

Meals came from the Community Food and Nutrition Services Bureau.

CFNA has partnered with US Department of Agriculture program operators across the state to not only continue feeding programs, but expand them where they are most needed.

“A healthy lifestyle starts with basic nutrition,” says Donald Kauerauf, director of the DHSS. “I’m proud of the team here at DHSS that has identified the needs of Missourians and has worked creatively with the USDA to ensure our most vulnerable Missourians are getting the food they need to sustain them through this public health emergency.”

According to DHSS, the USDA offered program flexibility to allow parents and guardians to provide meals for children and adults (adult day care centers), child or adult delivery, flexible meal times, and a wider variety of food choices.

In March 2020, the year-round summer food service program was launched for the first time to offer children free meals. It took 18 months to September 2021.

According to DHSS, a total of 3,447,394 meals were served in May and June 2019. A total of 10,206,835 meals were served in May and June 2020.

The Missouri Department of Health reported that 84,597,200 meals were served during the COVID-19 response.(Mo. Dept. of Health and Senior Services)

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