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.