Summer Eats

United Way Addresses Summer Hunger

Summer Eats Provides Free Meals to Lee County Children


Beginning June 3rd, United Way of Lee County will provide free meals to all children and teens in Lee 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 Lee County. “The United Way
Summer Eats 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 10
sites throughout Lee 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. 

United Way of Lee County began serving summer meals in 2017. 
 Changes to this year’s Summer Eats will allow for added safety during
the pandemic.  Additional cleaning procedures will be maintained, and
meals will focus on prepacked, individually sealed items. Instead of
serving lunches three days a week, each site will only serve on
Wednesdays but will provide 3 lunches for each child, along with extra
goodies.  Pick up will be contact-less and volunteers will be provided
with masks and gloves. The program runs June 3rd– August 12th

2020 Summer Eats Meal Sites and Serving Times

  • Dixon High School Cafeteria: 12pm
  • Madison/Reagan Middle School: 12pm
  • Jefferson School: 12pm
  • Washington School: 12pm
  • Old Lincoln School (Open Sesame): 12pm
  • St Paul Church, Dixon: 12pm
  • Franklin Grove Library: 12:40pm
  • Ashton Mills & Petrie Building: 12pm
  • Amboy Library: 12pm
  • Paw Paw Library: 11am

Summer Eats is meeting a real need in the community. Even before
Covid-19, 21.5%, of Lee County children were food insecure, meaning they
have limited or uncertain access to safe and nutritious food. And this
issue has been compounded by the pandemic.  Children who are hungry or
food insecure are more likely to be in poor health and less likely to
form friendships, to be curious, and to learn. This summer meal program
can respond to this problem.

United Way of Lee County runs the Summer Eats program with the help
of countless community partners. Lee County Council on Aging will be
providing delivery and service for Lee County communities outside of

We are looking for volunteers to help make and serve free meals for
kids every Wednesday from June 3- August 12. You can help one day
or many days – whatever works for you and your schedule. Volunteers
are needed from 11:45-12:45 for handing out meals at sites in Dixon.

Choose your volunteer position and dates here: or reach out to United Way of Lee County at 815.284.3339 or

United Way of Lee County runs the Summer Eats program with the help
of countless community partners. If you are interested in providing
sponsorship, please contact Keri Olson at