Other programs providing meals
DANVILLE — Here's a list of other groups that also are providing free, nutritious meals to Danville area youth this summer:
Boys and Girls Club of Danville
The club provides a well-balanced and usually hot lunch at the Mervis Unit, 850 N. Griffin St. The program started this week and runs through Aug. 10, and lunches are served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.
It plans to serve about 200 club members.
"But by law, we are required to be open to children in the community who are 18 or under," Executive Director Rickey Williams said. "Last year, we had several families that came here and ate every day. We're just really thankful to be able to provide folks with a nutritious meal that they may not have otherwise."
For more information, call 446-4315.
Danville Family YMCA
The organization provides lunch to anyone 18 or under at its facility at 1111 N. Vermilion St., Danville. The program, which runs in conjunction with the agency's summer camp, kicked off this week and runs weekdays through Aug. 24.
Lunch is served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
The YMCA contracts with the Danville school district to provide the meals.
Danville school district
The district will serve breakfast at the following locations, times and dates in conjunction with summer school. The meals are open to anyone in the community who is 18 or under.
Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St., from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m., starting Monday through July 20.
East Park Elementary School, 930 Colfax Dr., from 9:20 to 9:45 a.m., starting Monday through June 29.
Liberty Elementary School, 20 E. Liberty Lane, from 9:34 to 10 a.m., starting Monday through June 29.
Southwest Elementary School, 14794 Catlin-Tilton Road, from 8:35 to 9 a.m., starting Monday through June 29.
South View Middle School, 133 E. Ninth St., from 9 to 9:30 a.m., starting Monday through June 29.
"We get great participation from our summer school students," Food Services Director Greg Lazzell said, adding the district serves about 700 students a day. "We'd like to see greater participation from the general public. I really feel the need is there among the students in our district."
Laura Lee Fellowship House
The agency, at 212 E. Williams St., provides meals to participants in its summer camp called, "Camp 1, 2, 3: Come Learn With Me," which starts Monday and runs through July 27.
Breakfasts are served from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
For more information about the camp, call 442-0931.
Danville Housing Authority
The agency provides lunch, prepared by the Danville school district, to anyone 18 and under, starting Monday through Aug. 10.
Meals are served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the administration building, 1607 Clyman Lane.
"Sometimes children are lined up as early as 9 or 9:30" a.m., Executive Director Greg Hilleary said, adding the housing authority will serve around 5,000 children — about 125 a day. "We're really excited we can provide this again to the kids in the area."
St. James United Methodist Church
Now in its 20th year, the church's summer sack lunch program started May 29 and runs through Aug. 24.
Lunches are distributed from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the kitchen door of the church, at 504 N. Vermilion St.
Last year, the church served nearly 6,800 lunches during its 10-week run.
"We expect to serve more this year," coordinator Winnie Beers said, adding this year's program runs 13 weeks since Danville schools got out earlier and will go back a week later due to the North Ridge Middle School renovation project.
Trinity Lutheran Church
This is the fifth year the church has provided sack lunches to area children, most of whom come from the Meade Park and Cannon elementary school neighborhoods. The program started this week and runs through Aug. 10.
"This year, we have an additional 30 children coming from the Elmwood Park day camp," coordinator Rose Gates said, adding participation increased from 93 to 190 this year.
"We're still signing people up," Gates said earlier this week. "I won't turn a child away."
Children pick up the lunches, packed in paper sacks decorated with color pictures and Bible verses by Danville Lutheran Schools students, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays at kitchen door of the church, at 824 E. Main St.