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Finding food and other resources for your family during the pandemic

Finding food and other resources for your family during the pandemic

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Free diapers and meals for kids given out at St. Louis County Libraries

Diapers are inventoried as they are given out to families lined up at the Lewis & Clark Branch branch of the St. Louis County Public Library for diaper and food give-away on April 3.

Photo by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com

There are several ways to find free meals in the St. Louis metro area if the coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult to buy groceries. Even though schools remain closed, there are still free meal resources available for students and their families.

Find a child meal locationLooking for a place where kids can get a free, healthy meal during the COVID-19 crisis? Check out this child meal map: Meals.OperationFoodSearch.org. There are more than 600 locations in the St. Louis metro region. Enter your ZIP code when prompted.

Find a food pantryHere are three ways to find food assistance resources in the St. Louis metro region:Call the Hunger Hotline 314-726-5355, select option 1

Text your ZIP code to 785-503-3310

View the online map FindFood.OperationFoodSearch.org

Changes have been made to SNAP to make sure families have groceries during the pandemic. Food stamp benefits will not be canceled during the pandemic.

For those up for recertification in May, benefits will be extended for six months and verification documents do not need to be submitted right now.

To apply for SNAP: Visit mydss.mo.gov.

Many local WIC agencies are offering services by phone, drive-up, mail or online during the pandemic. There are now more options for peanut butter, eggs and milk. Get more information about WIC and Nutrition Services at health.mo.gov/living/families/wic or call your local WIC clinic.

Operation Food Search and St. Louis County Library are providing drive-through free meals for kids ages 18 and younger at select library branches.

Locations: Bridgeton Trails Branch Florissant Valley Branch Indian Trails Branch Jamestown Bluffs Branch Lewis & Clark Branch Natural Bridge Branch, Prairie Commons Branch, Rock Road Branch and Weber Road Branch

Days and times for drive-thru food pickup at these locations are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Learn more at slcl.org/drive-thru-meals.

P-EBT is a temporary school meal replacement benefit for families with children who quality for free or reduced-price school meals. Visit operationfoodsearch.org/covid-19-child-meals for information and updates about P-EBT when it becomes available.

More resourcesFor information and referrals to community services: Call 211 (from mobile phones) or 800-427-4626 (from a landline). To learn more about coronavirus, where to get tested, call Missouri’s COVID-19 Information Hotline: 877-435-8411

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