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Gurnee Park District Hosts Summer Feeding Program with District 56

Gurnee Park District Summer Lunch Program

Gurnee Park District (GPD) is teaming up with District 56 to host a free Summer Food Service Program to support low-income children in Gurnee. Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer, free lunches will be served to kids 18 years and under in need at Village Park from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Summer can be an exciting time for any child filled with playtime, swimming at the pool or summer camp. However for many children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger.

"Just as learning doesn't end when school lets out, neither does a child's need for proper nutrition," stated Jennifer Gilbert, director of marketing and community relations with GPD.

The goal of the Summer Food Service Program is to guarantee that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

"It is much easier for low-income children to receive access to food during the school year. We want to help close that gap during the summer months," added Gilbert.

The program is federally funded and administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Nationally, the program serves over 200 million meals to children 18 years and under. No registration is required. Children should stop by the site for a free meal as needed.

Lunches will be donated through the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

"As a District, along with District 56, we are dedicated to ensure our community is strong from the inside out. We truly want to make a difference in our community," stated Gilbert.

For more information on the program and park site, please visit


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Monday, October 23 2017

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