Summer should be a stress-free time full of food, friends and fun! The Y in partnership with Community Action is making that happen by operating the Summer Food Service Program.
The Y will serve roughly 25,000 free lunches this summer at its four day camp sites. The Y was featured in this WTVO story about the program: https://youtu.be/y1HNoHojXvs
The program extends beyond the Y - Kids and teens 18 years old and under can get meals at supervised sites such as parks, churches, playgrounds, and community centers throughout Winnebago and Boone Counties this summer. Depending on the site, a lunch, dinner, or snack will be provided. Meals consist of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and milk. Some sites also provide activities such as arts and crafts, outdoor activities, board games, reading time, and more.
Currently only 4 in 10 of the eligible kids in our community who rely on school meals actually participate in the Summer Food Service Program. One reason is that families are not aware that the program is available or don’t know how the program works. Please spread the word to help us power up our kids for a happy and healthy summer!
To find a site in Illinois, families can text “FoodIL” to 877877 or they can visit SummermealsIllinois.org or call 1-800-359-2163. As with the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, the federal Summer Food Service Program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education. The lunches and snacks are provided by Lifescape Community Services of Rockford.