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Ozarks Food Harvest's School Programs Provide Meals to Students

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A program to make sure kids aren't hungry after school is expanding this year. KSMU's Brett Moser reports.

The Ozarks Food Harvest's backpack program "Food for Thought" is one of the programs the organization uses to provide low income students with meals outside a school's lunch program.

Bart Brown, the executive director of Ozarks Food Harvest, says twenty eight Ozarks schools will participate in "Food for Thought" this year, which accounts for over 1200 children. Thirteen of those schools are in Springfield.

Brown says the program helps low income students receive adequate nutrition after school hours.

Brown says one of the food harvest's other programs, "Kids Café," provides a much different service to students.

"Kids Café" also provides children with lessons in cooking as well as nutrition. Brown says at least 1000 kids across the Ozarks participate in the program each night.

For KSMU News, I'm Brett Moser.