STERLING – Whiteside County United Way's "Let’s Feed Our Children” free summer lunch program is adding two towns to its roster – Fulton and Prophetstown. It already serves Sterling, Rock Falls, Morrison and Tampico.
Lunch service begins today in Sterling and Morrison, and Wednesday in Tampico, Thursday in Fulton, June 10 in Rock Falls and June 11 in Prophetstown. Days vary by town.
The last lunch day is Aug. 14 in all but Prophetstown; there the last day is Aug. 13.
This is the 13th year the United Way, with the help of local churches and other organizations, including the Sauk Valley Food Bank, will be providing the brown bag lunches.
The program is designed to supplement meals for children who get free or reduced-price lunches during the school year, but is available to anyone who needs it. No one is turned away, and no questions are asked.
Last year, 33,353 lunches were served during the 12 weeks of summer. The program served just fewer than 30,000 lunches in 2012.
The meals, which include peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, 100 percent juice drinks,
fresh fruit and other lunch items, will be delivered to or served from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.:
• In Sterling, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at:
First United Methodist Church, 501 Broadway Ave.; Macedonia Baptist Church, 1313 Woodburn Ave.; St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1701 16th Ave.; and mobile sites SterLynn Apartments, 215 25th St.; Wallace School, 506 W. Fourth St., and in the Douglas Park and Steelton neighborhoods off state Route 2 on the west side of town.
• In Rock Falls, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at:
Coloma Homes, 401 W. 18th St.; Rock Falls United Methodist Church, 210 Fourth Ave.; Country Acres Mobile Home Park, 1600 Riverdale Road; Easy Living Mobile Home Park, 1507 W. Route 30, and in the Yeowardsville neighborhood off U.S. Route on the east edge of town.
• In Morrison, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at:
The Crave Building, 201 W. Market St.
• In Tampico, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at:
The Reagan Community Center, 202 W. Second St.
• In Fulton, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at:
First Reformed Church, 510 15th Ave.
• In Prophetstown, Wednesdays, at:
The Park District Recreation Center, 410 Riverside Drive.
Donations for the "Let’s Feed Our Children” free summer lunch program can be dropped off at the United Way office, 502 First Ave. in Sterling, or at 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 the brown bags and deliver them to meal sites. Anyone interested should call the United Way at 815-625-7973.