On Monday, June 7, the Summer meals program for children resumed at the Church of Peace. We serve both breakfast and lunch for any child under the age of 18 years. We have been providing this summer meals program for several years now.
The church prepares and serves the meals with a combination of volunteers and staff. And the meals served here at the church are only a small part of all the meals provided for children in the summer. We also, with delivery persons from the church, provide meals to several other sites in Rock Island where children are assembled.
Nora, the church secretary and manager of the food program, reported to me that in the first week of the program, between June 7 and June 11, we served 451 breakfasts and 1751 lunches. That is quite remarkable!
This meals program is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Illinois State Department of Education.
This means we need to do a lot of record keeping for the program! But this seems worthwhile when we see the smiles on the faces of children enjoying a good meal.
On this day when the photos were taken the main item on the menu was tacos.