Summer food program fills nutrition gap when schools are closed - – Rockford’s News Leader

Summer food program fills nutrition gap when schools are closed

ROCKFORD (WREX) - Just because school is out doesn't mean making sure students get enough food to eat has to stop.

The Summer Food Service Program is expanding this summer.  

Forty-eight non-profits and local recreation centers in Winnebago and Boone Counties are participating in this year's U.S. Department of Agriculture summer meals program.  That is 10 more sites than were available for kids last year.

“We are thrilled that ten additional sites agreed to participate this year, plus we expanded our coverage in the Boone County area,” said Christopher Greenwood, Community Health and Prevention for Community Action of Boone and Winnebago Counties. “Along with the Rockford School District's recent decision to allow all students to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost to them, our children will have a more seamless opportunity toward better health to help them to reach their highest potential.”

SFSP sites offer lunches and snacks to kids ages 18 and under.  The locations are picked because of their proximity to schools which have 50 percent or more students who are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch.

In RPS 205, 83 percent of the nearly 29,000 students fall into this category.

"We appreciate the public-private partnerships we are building among the summer food sites and their willingness to serve the community by feeding and engaging our children,” continued Greenwood. “Our united efforts in combating hunger in our community will certainly make a difference.”

The Summer Food Service Program is managed by the City of Rockford Human Services Department, a Community Action Agency. The lunches and snacks are provided by Lifescape Community Services of Rockford.

2015 Summer Food Sites for Winnebago and Boone Counties

Residents should contact the participating sites for their individual program details and lunch/snack schedule.


Barbour Language Academy, 1506 Clover Ave.

Beattie Playground, 1221 Rural St.

Beth Eden United Methodist Church, 3201 Huffman Blvd.

Blackhawk Boys & Girls Club, 330 - 15th Ave.

Bloom Playground, 2901 Pelham Rd.

Booker Washington Center, 524 Kent St.

Christ the Carpenter United Methodist Church, 1000 S. Winnebago St.

Churchill Park, 2002 – 7th Ave.

Creative Expressions Development, 220 S. Madison St.

Elliot Playground, 988 S. Lyford Rd.

Fairgrounds Valley Playground, 1015 W. Jefferson St.

First Evangelical Covenant Church, 316 Wood Rd.

Flodin Boys & Girls Club, 1000 Mill Rd.

Harkins Pool, 910 Acorn St. Harmon Park, 1928 East Gate Parkway Highland Park, 3011 Rural St.

Ken-Rock Community Center, 3218 – 11th St.

Keye-Mallquist Park, 1702 – 11th St.

Lewis Lemon/Rockford Park District, 1993 Mulberry St.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1829 N. Rockton Ave.

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 404 N. Avon St.

Northwest Community Center, 1325 N. Johnston Ave.

Orton Keyes Boys and Girls Club, 633 Ranger St. Our Masters United Methodist Church, 5973 Darlene Patriots' Gateway Community Center, 615 S. 5th St.

Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1703 S. Central Ave.

Providence Baptist Church, 2209 Clifton Ave.

RESA Youth & Teen Program, 1800 Ogilby Rd.

Ridge Park, 3317 Ridge Ave.

Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison St.

Rockford Housing Authority/Blackhawk, 330 – 15th Ave.

St. Elizabeth Community Center, 1536 S. Main St.

Salvation Army, 210 Kilburn Ave.

Sawyer Playground, 2249 Sawyer Rd.

Second/First Church, 318 N. Church St.

Temple of Islam, 119 S. Central Ave.

Washington Park Recreation Center, 3617 Delaware St.

YMCA (ID Pennock), 200 Y Blvd.

YMCA (Camp Winnebago), 5804 N. Main St.

YMCA (Teen Reach), 1325 N. Johnston Ave.

Loves Park

Carlson Boys and Girls Club, 1028 Evans Ave.

Wantz Park, 600 Clifford Ave.

YMCA Northeast Branch, 8451 Orth Rd.

Boone County

Capron Lions Club, 305 E. North St., Capron

First United Methodist Church, 610 Bonus Ave., Belvidere

St. John's United Church of Christ, 401 N. Main St., Belvidere

Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, 105 E. Grove St., Poplar Grove

South Beloit

South Beloit Boys and Girls Club, 1161 Dorr Rd.

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