ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The effects of the Stateline’s unemployment rate are being felt by the youngest members of our community. Hundreds of kids who typically rely on the Rockford School District for meals are now turning to another organization for help. The summer food program kicked off today.
It’s the noon-time lunch rush at Rockford’s northwest community center where dozens of kids are relying on the city for meals. For some, a ham and cheese sandwich is the only thing they’ll eat today.
“For families to be able to drop their kids off here and to know they get a balanced meal, it’s priceless.”
That price tag is something the city is taking care of through a federal grant that provides more than a thousand Lifescape meals a day for local kids at 30 locations across the city.
The Northwest Community Center is serving40 more kids this summer, some, two meals a day.
Nationally, only 2 million of the 21 million kids who receive free and reduced lunch during the school year will get help this summer.
“For some of our kids, this may be the one opportunity to be engaged with positive leadership.”
It’s that positive energy the city hopes will not only keep kids full but feed their self-esteem.
Even with the hundreds of meals served each day, there are still a lot of eligible families who don’t know that the program exists. There are 30 locations across the Stateline where kids can receive a free lunch. You can find the full list by clicking on the related story below.