STERLING – What’s more motherly than a good ol’ peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich? Not much.
Whiteside County churches will collect donations of smooth peanut butter and grape jelly Sunday, Mother’s Day, for the annual “Let’s Feed Our Children” free summer lunch program, sponsored by United Way of Whiteside County.
The program is designed to supplement meals for children who get free or reduced-price lunches during the school year, but it’s available to anyone who needs a lunch. No one is turned away, and no questions are asked.
Last year, 33,353 brown-bag lunches, consisting of sandwiches, fresh fruit, juice, a bar and a little treat, were served during the 12 weeks of summer. Donations help to keep costs down. On Father’s Day, churches will collect sandwich bags.
The need grows every year. The program served just fewer than 30,000 lunches in 2012.
Donations also may be taken to the United Way office, 502 First Ave. in Sterling, or to the Sauk Valley Food Bank, 1801 Plant Drive in Sterling. Checks, payable to Let’s Feed Our Children, can be mailed to P.O. Box 806, Sterling, IL 61081.
Volunteers also are needed to help fill those brown bags and deliver them to meal sites. Anyone interested should call the United Way at 815-625-7973.
The lunches will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting June 3:
In Sterling: At First United Methodist Church, 501 Broadway Ave.; Macedonia Baptist Church, 1313 Woodburn Ave.; St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 703 Third Ave.; and Wallace Education Center, 506 W. Fourth St..
Mobile deliveries are made to Ster-Lynn Estates, 215 25th St., Douglas Park and the Steelton area.
In Rock Falls: At Coloma Homes, 401 W. 18th St.; and Rock Falls United Methodist Church, 210 Fourth Ave.
Mobile deliveries are made to Country Acres Mobile Home Park, 1600 Riverdale Road; Easy Living Mobile Home Park, 1507 W. Route 30; and the Yeowardsville area.
In Morrison: At the Crave Building, 201 W. Market St.
In Tampico: At the Community Building, 106 W. Market St.