The Summer Lunches for Kids program returns next week in four Fayette County communities.
The program, which began in 2008 with a mission to provide children with free and nutritious lunches during the summer months when they are not in school, returns on Monday in Vandalia, Shobonier and Brownstown, and on Tuesday in Ramsey.
The schedule for the SLFK program is as follows:
• Vandalia – Monday, June 1-Friday, Aug. 7; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11-11:30 a.m.; Rogier Park circle drive on Fillmore Street and American Legion Home lot at Eighth and Edwards streets.
• Shobonier – Monday, June 1-Friday, Aug. 7; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11-11:30 a.m., township building.
• Brownstown – Monday, June 1-Friday, Aug. 7; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11-11:30 a.m.; village park Veterans’ memorial.
• Ramsey – Tuesday, June 2-Thursday, Aug. 7; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11-11:30 a.m., Ramsey Lions Park.
More than 50 percent of the children in Fayette County are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches during the school year.
Many families struggle to feed their children during the summer months when they are at home.
Summer Lunches for Kids has been successful for the last 11 years due to the generosity of many local businesses and individuals volunteering time, money and supplies.
This year the Vandalia and Ramsey School Districts have come alongside the existing program to better serve children in those districts.
The additional supplies, volunteers and larger facilities made available by the schools will allow more and larger meals to be provided to kids toddler age to 18 years old.
This supplement to the SLFK program will also allow additional resources to be used in other areas not in these two Districts.
The program is only one piece of a larger community effort that helps provide food in times of need, with Nourishing Greatness, local food pantries, schools and churches are among those participating.
In response to the COVID19 pandemic a group associated with Vandalia One came together quickly to see to some immediate needs.
The initiative was dubbed “Feed the Community” and is currently providing funds where needed. The funds have come from many donations and continue to assist Fayette County.
Volunteers are welcome, and donations can be mailed to Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471, with checks made out out Northside Christian Church/Summer Lunches for Kids.
Inquiries can be made by email to [email protected]