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Summer lunch programs to start soon

BY RACHEL RODGERS rrodgers@saukvalley.com 815-625-3600, ext. 5529 @rj_rodgersMay 25, 2019

Free summer lunch programs in Whiteside and Lee counties soon will be back in action.

The United Way of Whiteside County’s Let’s Feed Our Children program will kick off its 18th year on June 4, and the United Way of Lee County’s retooled Summer Eats program will launch on June 10.

Let’s Feed our Children

Let’s Feed Our Children will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. until Aug. 8 at about 20 different locations, and the meals include peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, juice, fresh fruit and other lunch items.

The program locations are:

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 at SterLynn Apartments, 215 25th St.; at the Salvation Army, 409 Ave. F; at Sterling Public Library, 102 W. Third 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 the Coloma Homes Community Building, 401 W. 18th St.; and Rock Falls United Methodist Church, 210 Fourth Ave.; as well as mobile sites at Cedarwoods Apartments, 1301 Ninth Ave.; Easy Living Mobile Home Park, 1507 W. Route 30; and the Rock Falls Public Library, 1007 Seventh Ave.

In Morrison, Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Crave Building, 201 W. Market St.

In Tampico, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Tampico Area Community Building, 106 W. Market St.

In Fulton, Monday through Friday at First Reformed Church, 510 15th Ave.

In Prophetstown, on Wednesdays at Eclipse Square downtown.

In Albany, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at Albany United Methodist Church, 502 First Ave.

In Erie, on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Margaret Park and Wednesdays at Lyndon-Richmond Park.

Last year, around 500 volunteers served 30,169 lunches across Whiteside County.

Summer Eats

Lee County launched its Serving Up Summer lunch program in Dixon in 2017, serving 696 meals in its first year and 482 meals last year. The program is being retooled to be more like Let’s Feed Our Children, with similar sack lunch offerings at different locations and towns. The meals are for those 18 and younger, no questions asked.

Summer Eats will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until Aug. 16 at seven locations:

In Dixon, at Dixon High School, 300 Lincoln Statue Drive; Reagan Middle School, 620 Division St.; Washington Elementary School, 703 E. Morgan St.; Jefferson Elementary School, 800 Fourth Ave.; and Open Sesame Child Care Center, 1101 Middle Road.

There also will be sites at Winifred Knox Memorial Library, 112 S. Elm St. in Franklin Grove and the Mills and Petrie Memorial Library, 704 N. First St. in Ashton.

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