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.

The following locations will host Food Bank of Northwest Indiana sites for the 2017 Summer Food Service Program. Summer feeding sites are open Monday through Friday, from June 5 through August 4.

Bessie Owens Center
4506 Tod Avenue, East Chicago

Clemente Center
3616 Elm Street, East Chicago

Martin Luther King Center
4925 Gladiola Avenue, East Chicago

Marktown
3509 Spruce Street, East Chicago

Penn Center
3550 Pennsylvania Ave. East Chicago

Roxana Center
900 Shell Street. East Chicago

Additional Summer Feeding Program Sites for the state of Indiana can be found here.

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