Daycares may have problems affording food

New research from the University of Missouri indicates that one in every four families in Missouri is concerned about not having enough food to put on the table.

The Missouri Hunger Atlas," shows that there are assistance programs out there trying to help, but they fall short of helping everyone in need.

People who live in Southern Missouri and the Bootheel are hurting the most, but there's another group feeling the effects of rising food prices.

The state will give nearly $47 million to Missouri's child and adult care facilities this year, specifically to pay for food.

The Jefferson City Daycare Center is one of nearly 3,000 facilities that receive a piece of that pie.

"Our daycare center does qualify to receive funds from the child and adult food program, and we get about 10 percent of our total funding from the food program, Jefferson City Daycare Center Director Donna Scheidt said. So basically the food program pays for all the food that we serve the children here at the day care center."

But while that food will cost more due to inflation, the federal funding will stay the same next year.

"The federal poverty level is at the same rate it was in the previous year, Bureau Chief of Community Food Nutrition Assistance Ann McCormack said.

Daycare director Donna Scheidt said that's a problem.

"This year it's not going to go up, which is disappointing because the cost of food goes up every year, so will have to stretch the dollar a bit more when they don't raise their rates," Scheidt said.

Scheidt said that the daycare facility will have to find other sources of funding to make sure that her kids continue to get healthy meals.

She said one way she might try to get more funds for healthy foods is by increasing the cost of daycare.