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Why you'd want the records: This list shows every free meal location and its hours of operation in the state of Missouri and is searchable for Columbia locations. During the summer, the program provides hundreds of meals per day to children who would normally rely on free and reduced-price lunches through their schools. There were seven free meal locations through the program in Columbia during summer 2011.
Where you get the records: Visit the food program's website at health.mo.gov/living/wellness/nutrition/foodprograms/sfsp/. Click "Sponsors" in the bulleted list near the top of the page to download a PDF version of the list. Or, scroll to the bottom of program's site and click on "Find an SFSP site near you" to view an interactive map that will point out the most convenient sites for you based on your ZIP code.
How much it will cost: The information is free.