ARCHS' Summer Food Program

Funder: State of Missouri/U.S. Department of Agriculture

Goal: 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.

Program Partner: St. Louis Public Schools and State of Missouri

Most Recent Impact/Results: 5,300 children were provided additional funding to purchase food during the 2012 summer months. Participating families redeemed more than $804,000 in food benefits -with 93% using all the benefits made available to them.

Availability: This project is not open to the general public. However, for information about other free summer food programs in the St. Louis area, call 314-657-1695 or visit