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Beginning May 29th*, 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 20 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 23 years ago!  Each of the 20 sites will only serve on Wednesdays and provide 4 lunches for each child. The program runs May 29th* – August 7th. 

2024 Let’s Feed Our Children Sites:

Every Wednesday, May 29th* – August 7th..  Meals are served 12-12:30pm


Albany (New in 2024)
United Methodist Church

First Lutheran Church

Village Office

Fulton First
First Reformed Church

Village Office

Public Library 

Morrison *Begins June 5th
Crossroads Comm. Church

Eclipse Square

Rock Falls
Coloma Homes (Near Main Office)
Merrill School (Front Door)
Rock Falls Public Library (Lobby)
Rotary Park (Minkel St.)

Sterling *Begins June 5th
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