Through the Summer Meal Program, families can get access to breakfast, lunch, and snacks for their children at 175 sites across Northern Illinois. In 2019, the program served more than 265,000 summer meals to children in need.

The Summer Meal Program is open June 1-August 20, 2021 to all children under the age of 18, though some site-specific requirements and restrictions may apply. Days and hours of individual sites vary.

Summer 2021 note: Due to COVID-19, children do NOT need to be present in order for parents and guardians to pick up meals on their children’s behalf.

The Summer Meal Program is offered in partnership with the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Select sites participating in the Food Bank’s Summer Meal Program are listed below. These sites are open to any child under the age of 18 on a first come, first served basis.

To locate additional participating Summer Meal Program sites near you, visit

For questions, or if your youth program is interested in becoming a Summer Meal Program site for next summer, please call Jessica Willis at 630-443-6910.

If you’d like to support the children and their families who are struggling to make ends meet this summer, please consider making a generous donation here.