State Board of Ed reminds children, teens of free summer breakfast and lunches
BY LAUREN FITZPATRICK Education Reporter July 1, 2014 3:58PM
Updated: July 1, 2014 6:38PM
Free breakfast and lunch are available for children under 18 all summer across the state at schools, parks and community centers, the Illinois State Board of Education said Tuesday.
Some 2,200 sites will be open during summer vacation, and at more than half the sites, children and teens will not have to apply or show any proof of family income in order to receive a meal under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Meals program, according to ISBE.
Parents can search for sites by zip code at www.summerfeedingillinois.org, or by texting “FoodIL” “AlimentosIL” to 877-877 for details about the closest summer meal location.
“We’re pleased to help bring this program to Illinois communities once again,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Poverty and hunger does not stop when school doors close for summer vacation, so it’s important that we continue to serve those in need.”
Last summer, more than 106,500 low-income children in Illinois had free meals daily through summer food programs, about 13.8 percent of the 775,000 children who had free or reduced-price meals during the 2012-13 school year.
Chicago Public Schools has its own programs to keep kids well fed and off the streets all summer.
Safe Haven — free weekday programs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through August 8 — is open at 110 sites across the city, and includes breakfast and lunch in addition to reading and tutoring programs. Details are at www.cps.edu/SafeHaven.