While many of us spend the summer lazily snacking all day, the reality is that in our community, hunger is a significant problem – especially among children. Many kids who rely on school meals struggle to get enough to eat during the summer months.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with several local agencies to serve free meals to children during the summer months. Agencies include Champaign Unit 4 School District and Urbana District 116. Any child under age 18 is eligible for free meals – there are no restrictions or residency requirements. Meals will be served at the following sites during summer 2019 (with times and dates).
PLEASE PASS IT ON. Hunger can often be invisible among us. Help us ensure that no child goes hungry this summer.
Champaign Urbana Public Health District: All meals are free to kids ages 1-18, regardless of where they live or their family’s income. Breakfast will be served at the health district from 9-11 a.m. and lunch will be served from 12:30-2:30 p.m. CUPHD is located at 201 W. Kenyon Road in Champaign. From May 30 through mid-August.
Champaign Unit 4 School District sponsors the Summer Meal Program for all children ages 18 and under living in Champaign. A FREE nutritious breakfast and lunch are provided to students at the locations listed below throughout the summer months.
If you have questions about the Summer Meal Program, please contact Laura Dees, Champaign Unit 4 Schools, Food Service Department at (217) 351-3852.
- Douglass Community Center (512 E. Grove St., Chamapaign)
May 30-August 2; Monday-Friday. Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 a.m. Lunch: Noon-1 p.m.
- Centennial High School (913 Crescent Drive, Champaign)
June 3-July 11; Monday-Thursday. Breakfast: 8:50-10:30 a.m. Lunch: 11:50 a.m. -1:45 p.m.
- Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club (201 E. Park St., Champaign)
June 3-June 28; Monday-Friday. Breakfast: 8 to 8:30 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
- Garden Hills Elementary School (2001 Garden Hills Dr., Champaign)
June 3-July 26; Monday-Friday. Breakfast: 7:45-8:45 a.m. Lunch: 10:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
- Jefferson Middle School (115 Crescent Dr., Champaign)
June 10-July 19; Monday-Thursday. Breakfast: 7:45-8:40 a.m. Lunch: 10:30 to noon
- Booker T. Washington (606 E. Grove, Champaign)
June 17 – June 28; Monday-Friday. Breakfast: 8:15-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30
- Franklin Middle School (606 E. Grove, Champaign)
June 3 – June 28; Monday-Friday. Breakfast: 8:15-9 a.m. Lunch: 11:15 a.m. to noon
- Stratton Academy of the Arts (902 N Randolph St, Champaign)
June 10-July 11 Monday-Thursday and July 22-26; Monday-Friday. Breakfast: 8:10 -9 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
- Rantoul Township High School (200 S Sheldon St, Rantoul)
June 3- June 26, M-F Breakfast 8 – 8:30 a.m. Contact Todd Wilson with questions at the high school.
Urbana –Urbana School District #116 will once again participate in the Seamless Summer Food program sponsored by the federal government. Free meals will be offered Monday through Thursday during the month of June and part of July at three locations. Breakfast and lunch are offered to all children, 18 years of age or younger regardless of enrollment in summer school or home of record. As with last year, hot breakfast and lunch will be offered at all of the locations. The meals will be served for the public at Urbana High School, Urbana Middle School, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary, and Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr Elementary during the following times (Monday through Thursday only):
- Urbana High School (1002 S. Race St., Urbana)
June 5-July 16: Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., and noon to 12:45 p.m.*No meals on July 4*
- Urbana Middle School (1201 S. Vine St, Urbana)
June 5- July 2: Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School (1108 W. Fairview Ave, Urbana)
June 10- June 27: Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
- Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr Elementary School (2102 E. Washington St., Urbana)
June 5- July 2: Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
July 8- July 11: Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and noon to 12:30 p.m.
Menus for the summer program will soon be available for viewing on the USD #116 website. For more information about the program, please contact USD #116 Chief Financial Officer, Carol Baker at 384-3642. Free meals will be made available to all children 18 years of age and under or individuals over 18 with a state-defined mental or physical disability.
Urbana Park District, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and Summer Meals Program also come together to offer free lunch, activities and games in Urbana this summer.
- Crestview Park (1802 S Cottage Grove Ave., Urbana)
June 11-August 6: Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather dependent
- Victory Park (1000 E. Green St., Urbana)
June 13-August 8: Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather dependent