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West Chicago library, D-33 team up for summer lunch program

West Chicago children enjoy a free lunch provided by the Northern Illinois Food Bank in summer 2013 at the West Chicago Public Library. This is the second year the library will serve free lunches during the summer for students who receive free or reduced-price lunches during the school year.
West Chicago children enjoy a free lunch provided by the Northern Illinois Food Bank in summer 2013 at the West Chicago Public Library. This is the second year the library will serve free lunches during the summer for students who receive free or reduced-price lunches during the school year.

WEST CHICAGO – The West Chicago Public Library District again is serving free lunches this summer to West Chicago children younger than 18 years old to help fill the void caused by the end of free and reduced-price lunches provided by schools during the academic year.

This is the second year the library has offered a lunch program as part of a collaboration with West Chicago Elementary School District 33 and Northern Illinois Food Bank, which provides the food.

“Because the library will be hosting the free summer lunch program, our children in the community will have the opportunity to continue to receive nutritious meals throughout the summer months,” District 33 Director of Partnerships for Wellness, Safety and Achievement Marjory Lewe-Brady said in a news release.

Free lunch will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the program room at the library, 118 W. Washington St. The last day of the summer lunches is Aug. 14.

No registration or proof of income is required. The lunches, which need to be eaten at the library, will be served while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis.

“This program allows us to help fill the crucial nutritional needs of children in the district while also offering opportunities for literacy programming and services to those who may not have been regular library users in the past,” Administrative Librarian Benjamin R. Weseloh said in the release.

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