The Central Pantry is teaching kids farm to table education
COLUMBIA - The Central Pantry created a program, Summer Food 4 Kids, to educate and feed kids throughout the summer.
The kids will take part in activities each day about farm to table living. For example, one day the kids may be planting seeds or reading about farming.
Stacey Brown, children's coordinator at the food bank, said this program can help establish healthy eating habits for their future, and solve a much greater issue.
“If kids know how they can provide nutritious meals for themselves other than going to the store and buying pre-packaged items, it could really help them in determining what is really best to eat and combat obesity in the long run," Brown said.
The kids are served: a sandwich, milk and at least one piece of fruit or vegetable. Supplies come from a No Kid Hungry grant from Share Our Strength, with seeds and planting supplies donated by the University of Missouri's Interdisciplinary center for Food Security.
The program runs July 5 to August 12. Any kid under the age of 18 is welcome, regardless of their parents' income level.