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Beginning June 1st, 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 18 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 21 years ago!  Each of the 18 sites will only serve on Wednesdays and provide 3 lunches for each child. The program runs June 1st – August 10th. 

2022 Let’s Feed Our Children Sites:

Every Wednesday, June 1 – August 10.  Meals are served 12-12:30pm


Near Margaret Park (Main St)

Fulton First
Reformed Church

Richmond Park

Public Library 

Comm. Center (Market St)

Eclipse Square

Rock Falls
Coloma Homes (Near Main Office)
Merrill School (Front Door)
Rock Falls Public Library (Lobby)
Wallingford Park (Shelter)

Broadway Methodist
Latin American Social Club
Salvation Army
Scheid Park (Shelter)
St. Paul Lutheran
Sterling Public Library (Back Lot)
Ster-Lynn Apartments

Community Building

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

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