The City of Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park, South Beloit and Boone County are all offering summer food program sites to provide free meals to area children.
Kids and teens 18 years old and under can get meals at supervised sites such as parks, churches, playgrounds and community centers this summer. No registration, paperwork, parental supervision or ID is required.
Depending on the site, a lunch, dinner or snack will be provided.
Currently, only 4 in 10 of the eligible kids in the community who rely on school meals actually participate in the summer food service program.
Parents can check the summer food site list by going here and clicking on the ‘2017 Summer Food Service Program Sites’ link. Site lists can also be picked up at Community Action, 555 N. Court Street, Suite 301 in Rockford or at Belvidere City Hall, 401 Whitney Boulevard in Belvidere.
To find alternative sites in Illinois, families can text “FoodIL” to 877877 or click here.
The federal summer food service program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education. The lunches and snacks are provided by Lifescape Community Services of Rockford.