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Gurnee Park District to host summer food service program with District 56

The Gurnee Park District is teaming up with District 56 to host a free summer food service program to support low-income children in Gurnee.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer at Village Park, free lunches will be served to kids 18 years and younger in need.

Summer can be an exciting time for any child filled with playtime, swimming at the pool or summer camp, but for many children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger, a news release stated.

“Just as learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for proper nutrition,” said Jennifer Gilbert, director of marketing and community relations with GPD.

The goal of the summer food service program is to guarantee that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

“It is much easier for low-income children to receive access to food during the school year. We want to help close that gap during the summer months,” Gilbert said in the news release.

The program is federally funded and administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Service. Nationally, the program serves more than 200 million meals to children 18 and younger. No registration is required. Children should stop by the site for a free meal as needed.

Lunches will be donated through the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

“As a district, along with District 56, we are dedicated to ensure our community is strong from the inside out. We truly want to make a difference in our community,” Gilbert said.

For information on the program and park site, visit www.gurneeparkdistrict.com.

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