FREE Summer Meals for Kids and Teens
The Community Action Agency of Winnebago and Boone Counties is pleased to announce that the Summer Food Service Program will be back again this year, helping to keep our area kids healthy and nourished so they can return to school in the fall ready to learn.
Kids and teens 18 years old and under can get free meals at supervised sites such as parks, churches, playgrounds, and community centers throughout Winnebago and Boone Counties. 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.
Unfortunately, only 4 in 10 of the eligible kids in our community who rely on school meals actually participate in the Summer Food Service Program. 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. Parents can also check the Summer Food Site list below to identify a neighborhood site where food is available to their children. Site lists are available at https://rockfordil.gov/city-departments/human-services/community-services/
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 meals are provided by Lifescape Community Services of Rockford.
The list is as follows:
2018 Summer Food Sites for Winnebago and Boone Counties
Residents can contact the participating sites for their individual program details and lunch/snack schedule.
Beattie Playground, 1221 Rural St.
Bloom Playground, 2901 Pelham Rd.
Booker Washington Center, 524 Kent St.
Community Kids Zone at East High School, 2929 Charles St.
Elliot Playground, 988 S. Lyford Rd.
Fairgrounds Valley Playground, 1015 W. Jefferson St.
First Evangelical Covenant Church, 316 Wood Rd.
Harkins Pool, 910 Acorn St.
Harmon Park, 1928 East Gate Parkway
Highland Park, 3011 Rural St.
House of Grace, 518 N. Court St.
Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 – 11th St.
Keye-Mallquist Park, 1702 – 11th St.
Lewis Lemon/Rockford Park District, 1993 Mulberry St.
Liberty Park, 1555 Morgan St.
Mulford Park Apts, 444 Gramercy
Northwest Community Center, 1325 N. Johnston Ave.
Patriots’ Gateway Community Center, 615 S. 5th St.
RESA Youth & Teen Program, 1800 Ogilby Rd.
Ridge Park, 3317 Ridge Ave.
Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St.
Rockford Housing Authority at Blackhawk, 330 15th Ave.
Rockton Centre Library, 3112 Rockton Ave.
St. Elizabeth Community Center, 1536 S. Main St.
St. Paul Church of God in Christ, 1001 Bishop Washington Ave.
Salvation Army, 210 Kilburn Ave.
Sawyer Playground, 2249 Sawyer Rd.
Washington Park Recreation Center, 3617 Delaware St.
YMCA (ID Pennock), 200 Y Blvd.
YMCA (Camp Winnebago), 5804 N. Main St.
Adventure Camp at Pebblecreek – YMCA 5375 Pebble Creek Trail
Wantz Park, 600 Clifford Ave.
YMCA Northeast Branch, 8451 Orth Rd.
Boone County Health Dept., 1204 Logan Ave., Belvidere
Capron Lions Club, 305 E. North St., Capron
City of Belvidere, 301 Highline, Belvidere
First Baptist Church, 1255 W. Jackson St.
St. John’s United Church of Christ, 401 N. Main St., Belvidere.