Free meals for hungry kids
About 2,100 sites across the state are serving free breakfasts and lunches to children 18 and younger this summer through a program funded by the USDA and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education. At more than half the sites, no application or proof of family income is required.
“These healthy meals will help keep students well-fed and prepared for success when the school bell rings this fall,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Research clearly shows proper nutrition impacts student achievement.”
Families can search for a nearby free meal site at www.summerfeedingillinois.org. People can also text “FoodIL” to 877-877. Texters will be prompted to send a full mailing address, after which they will receive the address and serving times of the closest summer meal sites.
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