Community Action Agency offers free summer meals for kids

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – The Community Action Agency of Winnebago and Boone Counties Summer Food Service Program will be back again this year.

The program helps area kids healthy and nourished so they can return to school in the fall ready to learn.

Kits 18 years 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.

In Rockford meals are serve at Beattie Playground, 1221 Rural St,; Bloom Playground, 2901 Pelham Road;
Booker Washington Center, 524 Kent St.; Community Kids Zone at East High School, 2929 Charles St.; Elliot Playground, 988 S. Lyford Road; Fairgrounds Valley Playground, 1015 W. Jefferson St.; First Evangelical Covenant Church, 316 Wood Road.; 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 Road;
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 Road; Washington Park Recreation Center, 3617 Delaware St.; YMCA (ID Pennock), 200 Y Boulevard; and YMCA (Camp Winnebago), 5804 N. Main St.

Loves Park and Boone County sites are: Adventure Camp at Pebblecreek = YMCA 5375 Pebble Creek Trail
Wantz Park, 600 Clifford Ave.; YMCA Northeast Branch, 8451 Orth Road; 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.

To find other sites in Illinois, families can text “FoodIL” to 877877, visit SummermealsIllinois.org or call 1-800-359-2163.

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.

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