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"Take Back the Park" Connects Kids and Cops

July 16, 2018 - 8:52 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis police officers are "connecting with the community" by serving lunches to kids and the adults who volunteer with outreach programs, all while getting some "fresh air" in a city park.

Officer Larry Dampier and others are in Murphy Park on for the summertime lunch program called "Take Back the Park" Saturdays from 11 to 1, Penrose Park on Mondays from 11 to 1, and Windsor Park on Wednesdays from 11-1.

“The way we got to this point with this collaboration is through the Department of Human Health. They’re the ones that are actually providing the meals for me,” he says.

Dampier says its good food, too.

“We have a turkey sandwich, fresh grapes, a cookie, and a side salad, so they’re pretty nutritious meals,” he says.

They also they play games with the kids, help clean up the park, and serve as positive role models. They work with the Village of Moms group to feed the children and read books to them. Dampier’s hopeful the final lunches in August before children return to school will come with backpacks of school supplies for those who need them.