Summer Eats


Monday, June 10th: First day of service
Friday, August 16:  Last day of service

Beginning June 10th, all children and teens can enjoy free meals in Lee County when school is out. This year, United Way will provide nutritious meals to kids and teens 18 and under.

“Summer can be an incredibly stressful time for families who rely on school meals to feed their children,” said Keri Olson, Executive Director of United Way of Lee County. “Summer meals help bridge this gap by providing families safe, stigma-free places to receive meals when school is out.”

United Way of Lee County began serving summer meals in 2017.   Changes to this year’s program, ‘Summer Eats” will allow for children to benefit.  Kids and teens will be able to get a grab and go meal from one of eight sites throughout Lee County. Meals will feature kid-friendly foods like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, crackers, granola bars, and fresh fruit.   As always, no registration or ID is required, and participation is open to all children and teens 18 and under.  Meals will be handed out at each site 12:00pm-12:30pm. The program runs June 10th – August 16th.

2019 Summer Eats Meal Sites

  • Dixon High School
  • Madison/Reagan Middle School
  • Jefferson School
  • Washington School
  • Old Lincoln School (Open Sesame)
  • Franklin Grove Library
  • Ashton Mills & Petrie Building
  • Amboy Teen Turf

Summer Eats is meeting a real need in the community.  According to Feeding America, over 1,000 children in Lee County are food insecure, meaning they have limited or uncertain access to safe and nutritious food. 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. Summer meal programs can respond to this problem. The meals help ensure kids return to school healthy and ready to learn.

We are looking for volunteers to help make and serve free meals for kids every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from June 10- August 16. You can help one day or many days – whatever works for you and your schedule. Volunteers are needed from 10:00-11:30 for meal packaging at St. Paul’s Church and from 11:30-12:30 for handing out meals at 8 sites throughout Lee County.

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