Summer Food Program

CHA is continuing the fight against childhood hunger through its annual participation in the Summer Food Service Program. In 2014, CHA will have 29 locations on-site at developments, including 10 locations that will also be served by the ReCharge program, which promotes healthy eating, physical activity, teamwork and personal goal setting. In addition, six of CHA’s Learn and Earn sites throughout the City of Chicago will offer the Summer Food Service Program to participants.

The Agency’s Summer Food Service Program sites provide breakfast and lunch in partnership with the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, through its grant from the Illinois State Board of Education, which receives federal funds for distribution from the USDA.

Children who receive food assistance at school during the school year need nutritional meals during the summer as well. The Summer Food Service Program ensures that all children and youth have access to healthy meals in a safe, supervised environment. Some of our summer youth programs, including Learn and Earn and ReCharge, will be participating.

There is no cost. All summer meals offered through the ISBE/USDA Summer Food Service Program sites are FREE to youth ages 18 and younger and to persons age 18 to 21 who have a mental or physical disability. The program begins Monday, June 16th 2014 ends on the last day of summer before school begins in the fall, August 29th 2014. Food distribution is handled by CHA residents who are hired as Nutrition Aides through the Transitional Jobs Program, funded by CHA.

To find a Summer Meals site in your community, please visit, call the Illinois Hunger Coalition Hotline at (800) 359-2163, or text FoodIL to 877-877.

To find out how to bring a Summer Feeding site to your community, please visit the Illinois State Board of Education’s website.