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Beginning June 2nd, United Way of Whiteside County will provide free meals to all children and teens in Whiteside County, all summer long.

“Food insecurity has made an already stressful time even more so. Many families rely on school meals to feed their children,” said Keri Olson, Executive Director of United Way of Whiteside County. “The Let’s Feed Our Children program will help bridge the gap by providing families safe, stigma-free places to receive meals.”

Kids and teens will be able to get a grab and go meal from one of 12+ sites throughout the County. Meals will feature kid-friendly foods like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, crackers, granola bars, and fruit.   No registration or ID is required, and participation is open to all children and teens 18 and under. 

Let’s Feed Our Children began serving summer meals 20 years ago!   Changes to this year’s program will allow for added safety during the pandemic.  Additional cleaning procedures will be maintained, and meals will focus on prepacked, individually sealed items. Instead of serving lunches three days a week, each site will only serve on Wednesdays but will provide 3 lunches for each child.  Pick up will be contact-less and volunteers will be provided with masks and gloves. The program runs June 2nd– August 11th

2021 Let’s Feed Our Children Sites and Serving Times will be announced soon.

Feed The Children is meeting a real need in the community. Even before Covid-19, 13.6%, of Whiteside County children were food insecure, meaning they have limited or uncertain access to safe and nutritious food. And this issue has been compounded by the pandemic.  Children who are hungry or food insecure are more likely to be in poor health and less likely to form friendships, to be curious, and to learn. This summer meal program can respond to this problem.

United Way of Whiteside County runs the Let’s Feed The Children program with the help of countless community partners. Without monetary support from community minded organizations this program would not be possible. If you are interested in providing sponsorship, please contact Keri Olson at