The state of Kansas and four nonprofit organizations are seeking federal approval to conduct an experiment that they hope will boost participation in a summer meals program that now is serving only a fraction of eligible children.

Led by the Kansas State Department of Education, the coalition is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to temporarily waive some rules so that it can conduct a demonstration project to feed needy children in rural parts of the state when school is out for the summer.


John Hornbeck came to a Thursday forum in Kansas City, Kan., with two cans of green beans.

His point was to illustrate that solving hunger isn’t as simple as merely providing someone something to eat — especially when health is thrown into the mix.

A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows the number of Missouri households threatened by hunger has grown over the past three years.

Behind The Scenes At Harvesters

Jun 4, 2013

To feed more than 66,000 people every week Harvesters needs an advanced and organized warehouse operation to collect and distribute all this food to over 26 counties.

Courtesy Magnolia Pictures

A young Philadelphia mother of two takes pains to make her food stamps stretch to that barren fourth month, when even cans of ravioli are scarce.