Summer Meals Illinois
Free/reduced meals available during Summertime
Summer Meals Illinois, a federally funded program, administered by the Illinois State Board of Education, provides free, healthy and nutritious meals during the summer months to qualifying children in need, ages 18 and under.
Summer is a critical time for food access for children. A recent report from the Food Research and Action Center shows that only 14.8% of Illinois children who receive free and reduced meals in school also receive meals in summer. Many families simply don’t know that meals are available in their neighborhood—at more than 1,700 sites statewide.