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The mission of Feed The Need states:  “Feed The Need is a mobile food program of River of Life Ministries that is dedicated to serving our community by meeting nutritional needs.”  Feed The Need will serve free nutritional lunches to children in two locations around Missoula five days a week during the summer months of June, July and August.




Feed The Need will play a unique role in helping to combat childhood hunger during non-school months by reaching under-resourced neighborhoods in Missoula County. During the school year, many families rely on Free and Reduced-Price School Meals to help feed their children nutritious food and stretch their food budget.  For example,  if a child eats breakfast and lunch every day at school that’s ten meals a week, per child, that parents don’t have to worry about providing.  However, school is only is session nine months out of the year, and many families find it difficult to pay for additional meal costs when school is out.  As a result, summer can mean hungry bellies and malnutrition for many kids across Montana, including right here in Missoula.  Kids that do not receive adequate nutrition over the summer months are at a disadvantage when school starts again in the fall.



While there may be a handful of SFSP sites operating in Missoula, these sites are concentrated to schools within Missoula city limits. Out of the 39 Montana counties that participate  in SFSP, Missoula County ranks 33rd in the percentage of eligible participants that use the program.  Feed The Need is designed to bring hot nutritional lunches to children in the outlining areas were access to these sites are restricted by barriers such as location and transportation.




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