BERWYN – Berwyn children will be able to get free lunches during the summer thanks to a partnership between Berwyn agencies and the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Berwyn Township and the Berwyn Park District will host the food depository's Lunch Bus, which is a mobile meals program that distributes nutritious lunches to children younger than 18 in priority Cook County communities during the summer months, according to a township news release. It is available to all children, regardless of income.
Berwyn Lunch Bus stops will be from 12:50 to 1:10 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 17 at Berwyn Township's Lesak Park, 6600 W. 26th St., and from 3 to 3:20 p.m. at Berwyn Park District's Freedom Park, 3701 Scoville Ave. Lunches will not be available July 4.
Meals are provided at no cost to children and teens, and they must be eaten on site, the release stated. Greater Chicago Food Depository staff and volunteers run the program, but Berwyn Township and the Berwyn Park District are providing space for meal distribution and assistance in outreach efforts.
The program is funded largely by the United States Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program, according to the release.
For every 100 children in Illinois who receive free and reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program during the school year, only 11 children have access to meals over the summer, the release stated.
Residents with questions can call Berwyn Township at 708-788-6600.