2 Million Meals Served in 100 Days During COVID-19 Response

Jul 9, 2020 | News, Press Release

Life360 Community Services announces the organization served 2 million meals to children in 100 days during the COVID-19 health crisis in their service area in southern Missouri.

Unprecedented school closures caused food insecurity for many families with children who normally rely on school meals to help with food security. Life360 Community Services worked to make complete meals easily accessible for local children, ages 0-18 years. As an emergency response, the USDA activated The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act which authorized the provision of meals to area children who were not in school during unanticipated school closures through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  It is through this program that Life360 Community Services contracted with the USDA to serve five-component pickup meals in communities across southern Missouri. 

“Life360 Community Services team of staff and volunteers stepped up to meet the needs of their neighbors.  We have seen urban and rural communities share unity and hope with families through a time of uncertainty.” said Life360 Community Services Executive Vice President, Jeremy Hahn.

“Through the SFSP authorization, we have been able to provide needed nutrition for children, but it has been a true collaborative effort between the LCS communities, schools, churches, and families.  That collaboration made this spectacular feat possible.  And the number of meals continues to grow each day!” said Life360 Community Services President and CEO, Ted Cederblom. 

Meal Pickups for children are still available through August.  Pickup days and times vary.  

Springfield locations include:

    • Community & Leadership Development Center 1901 E. Division St.
    • Fairbanks Community Hub 1126 N. Broadway Ave.
    • Life360 Chesterfield 2220 W. Chesterfield Blvd.
    • Life360 Westgate 836 S. Suburban Ave. 

Outside of Springfield, Life360 Community Services also offer meal pickup locations in Ash Grove, Chaffee, Everton, Hartville, Joel E. Barber, Marion C. Early, Monett, Niangua, Pierce City, Plato, Pleasant Hope, Purdy, Republic, Scott County, Seymour, Spokane, and Zalma. Meal pickup days and times vary upon location. 

Contact individual sites for more information.

Headquarters contacts:
Ted Cederblom, President and CEO
Jeremy Hahn, Executive Vice President