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Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens


ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Community Action Agency of Winnebago and Boone Counties is pleased to announce that the Summer Food Service Program will be back again this year, on June 6, 2022, helping to keep our area kids healthy and nourished so they can return to school in the fall ready to learn.


Those 18 years old and under can get free, healthy meals at supervised sites such as parks, churches, playgrounds, and community centers in Winnebago and Boone Counties. Depending on the site, a lunch, dinner, or snack will be provided. Some sites also provide supervised fun summer activities.


Only 4 in 10 of the eligible kids in our community actually participate in the Summer Food Service Program. Please spread the word to help us power up our kids for a happy and healthy summer!


To find a site, text “FoodIL” to 877877, visit or call 1-800-359-2163. You can also check the Site list below to identify a neighborhood or go to


The Federal Summer Food Service Program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education. The meals are provided by Quality Catering for Kids.


2022 Summer Food Program Based Sites for Winnebago and Boone Counties

Contact sites for details and schedule.



Alpine Hills Park, 4402 Larson Ave.

Beattie Playground, 1251 Rural St.

Bloom Playground, 2901 Pelham Rd

Blackhawk Boys & Girls Club, 330 15th Ave.

Booker Washington Center, 524 Kent St.

Community Life Center of Rockford, 1001 Bishop Washington Ave.

Elliott Playground, 1000 Mill Rd.

Fairground Valley Community Center, 609 Kilburn Ave.

Flodin Boys & Girls Club, 1000 Mill Rd.

Harkins Pool, 910 Acorn St. – Lunch only

Harmon Park, 1952 East Gate Parkway

Highland Park, 3011 Rural St.

Ken Rock Community Ctr., 625 Adams St.

Keye Mallquist Park, 1702 11th St.

Lewis Lemon School, 1993 Mulberry St.

Mandeville Park, 650 Montague Rd.

Northwest Com. Ctr., 1325 N. Johnston Ave.

Orton Keyes Community Center, 633 Ranger St.

Patriot’s Gateway Community Ctr., 615 S. 5th St.

Ridge Park, 3317 Ridge Ave.

St. Elizabeth Com. Ctr. 1536 S. Main St.

Swan Hillman School Park, 3701 Greendale Ave.

Terry Lee Wells Memorial Park’s Haskell Youth Summer Camp, 815 N. Rockton Ave.

United Way Strong Neighborhood House, 908 8th Ave.

YMCA Camp Winnebago, 5804 N. Main St.

YMCA Jr. Achievers Program, 1829 N. Rockton Ave.

YMCA – Outdoor Pavilion, 200 Y Blvd.

Washington Park Community Center, 3617 Delaware St.


Loves Park Sites

YMCA Northeast Branch, 8451 Orth Rd

Wantz Park, 600 Clifford Ave.


Machesney Park

Carlson Boys & Girls Club, 7406 Elm Ave.


South Beloit Site

South Beloit Boy’s and Girl’s Club, 1161 Dorr Rd., South Beloit IL


Boone County

Boone County Health Dept., 1204 Logan Ave., Belvidere Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Capron Lions Club 305 East North St. Monday Only


Meals, which consist of one lunch and one snack, will be distributed on a first come first served basis. As a reminder, please adhere to social distance guidelines and stay a minimum of six feet apart while standing in line.


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail:


U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Ave., SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

fax: (202) 690-7442; or email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.



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