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Beginning May 31st, 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 19 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 22 years ago!  Each of the 18 sites will only serve on Wednesdays and provide 3 or 4 lunches for each child. The program runs May 31st – August 9th. 

2023 Let’s Feed Our Children Sites:

Every Wednesday, May 31 – August 9.  Meals are served 12-12:30pm


First Lutheran Church

Village Office

Fulton First
First Reformed Church

Richmond Park

Public Library 

Crossroads Comm. Center

Eclipse Square

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

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

Community Building

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 people and organizations this program would not be possible. If you are interested in providing sponsorship, please contact Keri Olson at