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home : news : local   April 30, 2016

6/7/2014 10:07:00 AM
Princeton, DePue, Spring Valley free lunches start


Where and when are the lunches?

Princeton: First United Methodist Church
316 S. Church St.
June 11 through Aug. 15 Monday-Friday. Cold lunch served noon-1 p.m. with activities from 10 a.m.-noon.

DePue:

DePue Unit School
204 Pleasant St.
June 2-July 18 Monday-Friday. Hot and cold lunch served noon-1 p.m. Activities throughout the morning.

Spring Valley:

City Hall, 215 N. Greenwood
June 13-Aug. 15 Monday-Friday. Cold lunch served noon-1 p.m. Activities from 10 a.m. until noon.


Kim Shute
Bureau County Reporter



PRINCETON — For most children, the end of school and the onset of summer vacation is reason for excitement and celebration. However, some area children are faced with the reality that the end of the school year can also mean the end of a regular mid-day meal.

In effort to alleviate the burden on some low-income families to provide meals for their children during summer break, Illinois Coalition for Community Services is conducting a summer food service program at three locations throughout Bureau County.

ICCS community organizer Jillian Severinski said the free summer lunch program is targeted toward free and reduced-priced school lunch recipients under age 18. To qualify, school districts need at least one school within the district with 50 percent or more of its students on free or reduced lunches. Under that criteria, schools in Princeton, Spring Valley and DePue have been selected for the free lunches.

Severinski, who is based in Peoria, said she became familiar with the needs of Princeton area children while working with CPASA several years ago. “Based on the needs here, I felt the program really fit well with the community.”

Once a school within the given district qualifies for the USDA sponsored program, anyone up to age 18 is welcome and no sign-up or reservation is required. “Just show up and eat,” Severinski said.

In addition to providing meals weekdays throughout the summer, each location will have available enrichment activities two hours prior to lunch.

“Parents can be certain, and kids will be certain they will be fed and have some activities,” Severinski said.

The Rev. George Woosnam of First United Methodist Church, which hosts the Princeton lunches, said of the program: “This grew out of a larger conversation (about) what’s going to happen to those kids when school ends? It fits in with our ministry ‘open hearts, open minds, open doors.’ We don’t promote the church in any way, but we’re doing what our tenant tells us to do.”

“We’re excited because it’s a community-led project and we hope it leads to more,” said Severinksi. “We realize it’s just a drop in the bucket, but it’s a start.”

“Parents can be certain, and kids will be certain they will be fed and have some activities,” Severinski said.

The Rev. George Woosnam of First United Methodist Church, which hosts the Princeton lunches, said of the program: “This grew out of a larger conversation (about) what’s going to happen to those kids when school ends.

“It fits in with our ministry ‘open hearts, open minds, open doors.’ We don’t promote the church in any way, but we’re doing what our tenant tells us to do.”

“We’re excited because it’s a community-led project and we hope it leads to more,” said Severinksi. “We realize it’s just a drop in the bucket, but it’s a start.”


Want to help?
Volunteers are needed at all three locations. Are you a high school student looking to fulfill community service hours? Do you have a skill you’d like to share with area kids? Looking for a way to spend a few hours a week? The summer lunch program welcomes anyone and everyone to volunteer their time this summer. Any and all help is appreciated. For more information, call Jillian Severinski at (440) 376-1005










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