The school year may have come to a close but Chicago kids will still be able to pick up free lunches throughout the summer. Beginning Monday and running through Aug. 24, more than 100 community sites across Chicago will offer meals between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. These include designated LunchStop sites as well as indoor locations that host additional programming like summer school, though CPS notes those sites only provide lunches to kids participating in those programs. The CPS program is open to all children ages 1 to 18; participants do not have to attend Chicago public schools to be eligible. Meals are available 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday to Friday until August 24.
To find a location, parents can visit the 2018 summer meal map at cps.edu/summermealsmap, call the Illinois Hunger Hotline at 1-800-359-2163, or text FOODIL to 877877. CPS LunchStop program meals are funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.