Chicago Public Schools Offering Free Lunch Over Summer
Free Lunches Will be Available at 96 School Locations Across Chicago;
CPS Nearly Doubles the Number of LunchStop Sites From Last Summer.
CHICAGO – Beginning June 26th, the CPS LunchStop summer meal program will provide free lunch to children ages 1-18 at 96 outdoor community sites throughout Chicago. The CPS LunchStop Program serves free, healthy meals in a fun and familiar environment to help make nutritious meals more accessible to students and the community during the summer.
“Access to nutritious meals is essential for children to enjoy a healthy and productive summer, and we are pleased to be able to greatly expand access to the CPS LunchStop program this year,” said CPS CEO Forrest Claypool. “Working with our partners, CPS is helping to fight child hunger and provide thousands of lunches to kids throughout the city.”
LunchStop locations operate from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at locations across the city. To find a location, parents can go toCPS.edu/SummerMealsMap, call the Illinois Hunger Hotline at (800) 359-2163, or text FOODIL to 877877.
Free summer meals are funded through the Summer Food Service Program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Last year, LunchStop served approximately 95,000 meals at 50 locations throughout the city.
DETAILS FOR PARENTS:
WHAT: CPS LunchStop Free Lunch Program
WHO: Open to ALL children ages 1-18 – children do NOT need to be CPS students in order to receive a free lunch.
WHERE: Locations across the city:
- To find a location, go to CPS.edu/SummerMealsMap and click “LunchStop” (Note: the map feature includes both LunchStops and “indoor locations” that host summer programs, including summer school. Indoor locations only provide lunches to children participating in those programs, but all children are eligible to receive meals at LunchStop locations)
- Parents and students can also call the Illinois Hunger Hotline at (800) 359-2163 or text FOODIL to 877877.
- Monday, June 26, through Friday, August 25, 2017
- Meals are available Monday – Friday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: For additional information, flyers, and location cards, please visit cps.edu/SummerMeals.