JEFFERSON CITY — Social welfare activists are calling for Missouri and Congress to spend more on summer food and child nutrition programs.
The Missouri Association for Social Welfare said more than 51,000 children a day took part in the state's nutrition program last July. That was up 5 percent from 2007 but still reached only about one of every six low-income children.
Christine Woody is the Hunger Task Force coordinator for the association. Woody said more families are dealing with tight budgets and that summer food programs help them stretch limited incomes and provide healthy meals for children.
The federal child nutrition program is scheduled to be reauthorized this year.