Group hopes to feed more kids this summer

By Kelsey Gibbs |

Published 05/19 2014 04:32PM

Updated 05/19 2014 05:30PM

SPRINGFIELD -- There could be extra money going to programs which help feed kids during summer break. The summer can present problems to a lot of kids who rely on free or reduced lunches during the school year.

More than 90% of students in Springfield rely on free or reduced lunches. The Illinois Coalition for Community Services (ICCS) helps feed students throughout Central Illinois during the summer. This year, the coalition wants to help even more kids.

Right now, it serves 53 sites, but it hopes to add two more to the list. Organizers say school is the main source of a child's meal in Springfield. With help from the USDA and local partnerships, they want to make sure no child in Central Illinois goes home hungry.

ICCS will provide lunches in Springfield at four sites. Most of those are churches. Students under 18 will be provided with one free lunch a day. The funding is paid for through the USDA and the farm bill. The lunch programs will begin the first few weeks of June until August.

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