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      Brashear church helping to feed kids for the summer

      One northeast Missouri community is helping kids stay healthy while out of school for the summer.

      Brashear Community Bible Church and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are offering free lunches to kids.

      Members of the church saw the need in the community to feed the kids over the summer months.

      Usually the kids would have to go to Kirksville to get free lunches through the Food 4 Kids program, but organizers wanted to make it more convenient. So this year, for the first time, the church is doing a trial period to see what the response is like.

      "We're making lunches. Meeting here at the park. Kids are playing games. Gives a good chance for the kids to do something fun and also get a free nutritious meal," said Community Volunteer Laura O'Connor.

      The free lunches are for kids 18 years of age and younger.

      They'll be available in the Brashear City Park in from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from now until June 27.

      If the response from the community is big, O'Connor said Brashear Community Bible Church will then extend the lunches through the rest of the summer.