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Rockford kids benefit from summer food program

June 23, 2010

From press release

Through Rockford’s Human Services Department and Lifescape’s Community Kitchen component, more than 4,500 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. More than 22,000 lunches and 12,000 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 40 sites around the city, many of them schools and community centers.

The menu is decidedly healthier this year. Lifescape Nutrition Services Director Rene Wisdom, working with Christopher Greenwood with the City of Rockford, has removed less healthy items like potato chips and desserts and replaced them with fruit and grain bars, fruits, vegetables and juices. The program also includes a “sharing table” where kids can leave food they don’t want or can’t eat.

This project also has allowed Lifescape to add as many as 30 temporary employees to its staff.

The Summer Meal Program runs from June 7 through Aug. 7.

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

From the June 23-29, 2010 issue

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