More than 50,000 children and teens in our community rely on National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs during the school year. So for many of them, summer break is more than just a break from homework—it’s also a break from the comfort and security of guaranteed meals each school day.

The last thing a child should have to worry about during the summer is whether or not they will have something to eat that day.

The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana’s Summer Food Service Program is part of the national initiative sponsored by the USDA and tries to bridge this gap of summer meals students face when school is out. The program provides breakfast and lunch to more than 400 children and teens ages 18 and under—that’s nearly 35,000 meals each summer to youth in need in the community.

Summer feeding sites are open Monday through Friday from June until August. The following locations will host Food Bank of Northwest Indiana sites for the Summer Food Service Program:

MERRILLVILLE

Little Dreamers (5201 Broadway)

EAST CHICAGO

Clemente Center (3616 Elm Street)

Martin Luther King Center (48023 Melville Avenue)

Marktown (3509 Spruce Street)

Penn Center (3550 Pennsylvania Avenue)

Heritage Center (4506 Tod Avenue)

Roxana Center (900 Shell Street)

Mission of Jesus Christ (3924 Kennedy Avenue)

151st Community Center (4925 Gladiola)

GARY

Miracle Temple (4709 East 13th Avenue)

Oak Knoll Community Center (4200 West 24th Avenue)

HOBART

Advancing Christ’s Kingdom (1001 West 37th Avenue)

Additional USDA Summer Sites can be found here.

Contact Chanda Dixon, Programs Manager, at 219.980.1777 x 310 for more information about Summer Food Service Program.