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Community Outreach

Kids Against Hunger

On Sunday, October 1, The Friends hosted the 2nd Annual Kids Against Hunger Meal Packing event where 98 volunteers packed 51,408 meals! These meals were distributed to local children in need by the Southeast Missouri Food Bank, and to the school operated by the Haitian American Caucus in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti.

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More than 31,000 students in 116 elementary schools throughout 11 counties in Southeast Missouri are moving more with GoNoodle’s movement and mindfulness videos that activate kids’ bodies and brains. Through the support of Saint Francis Healthcare System Foundation and The Friends of Saint Francis, these schools have access to GoNoodle’s premium version, GoNoodle Plus, at no cost.

Saint Francis completed a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment in 2016 that focused on gathering data from four counties in order to identify top health priorities. Surveys and focus groups were conducted in Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Scott and Stoddard counties. Childhood obesity was identified in all four counties as a main health concern. GoNoodle helps us focus our time and energy on meeting this need in eleven counties in our service area region.

Proceeds from the Saint Francis Healthcare System Foundation’s annual Mega Cash Raffle benefit the GoNoodle Children’s Fund.

About the program:
GoNoodle (launched in 2013), gets kids moving to be their smartest, strongest, bravest, silliest, bestest selves. GoNoodle is among the fastest adopted online resources used by elementary teachers, connecting movement, mindfulness and learning for their students. Delivering measurable gains in academics and health, GoNoodle’s 100’s of short interactive videos and games get kids moving throughout the school day, keeping them energized and focused, while introducing curricular topics, practicing mindfulness or just getting the wiggles out. GoNoodle supports teachers in optimizing learning opportunities while creating a joyful classroom. Currently, more than 14 million kids and over 650,000 teachers use GoNoodle each month. GoNoodle is used in 80% of U.S. public elementary schools in all 50 states and worldwide in 185 countries. Over 2 million families use GoNoodle at home, turning screen time into active time, either through, apps for the iPhone and Apple TV and through the GoNoodle YouTube channel. Learn more at

Teachers / parents: Sign up at