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Rockford kids benefit from summer food program

July 29, 2009

Lifescape employee Travis Whitmore helps prepare for the Summer Meal Program.

Lifescape employee Travis Whitmore helps prepare for the Summer Meal Program.

Through Rockford’s Human Services Department and Lifescape’s Community Kitchen component, more than 3,000 kids are being served a nutritious lunch and snack this summer.

The city’s Summer Meal Program is designed to provide healthy food for kids between the ages of 3 and 18. An average of 12,750 lunches and 4,250 snacks are prepared and delivered weekly as part of the program. The food is prepared at Lifescape’s Kilburn Avenue kitchen facility and then delivered to more than 30 sites around the city, many of them schools and community centers. This project also has allowed Lifescape to add 17 temporary employees to its staff.


Having this vended locally has been very helpful to the program,

says Jennifer Jaeger of the City of Rockford Human Services Department.
Lifescape’s been very open and flexible in meeting our needs, and because they are local, their response time to menu or delivery adjustments has been exceptional.

The Summer Meal Program will run through Aug. 14.

For more information, call (815) 963-1609.

from the July 29-August 4, 2009, issue

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