Summer Eats

United Way Addresses Summer Hunger

Summer Eats Provides Free Meals to Lee County Children


Beginning June 9th, United Way of Lee County will provide free meals to all children and teens in Lee County, all summer long.

Kids and teens will be able to get a grab and go meal from one of 9 sites throughout Lee County. Meals will feature kid-friendly foods like

peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, crackers, granola bars, and fruit.  
No registration or ID is required, and participation is open to all
children and teens 18 and under. 

United Way of Lee County began serving summer meals in 2017. 
 Changes to the Summer Eats were made in 2020 to allow for added safety during
the pandemic.  Additional cleaning procedures will be maintained, and
meals will focus on prepacked, individually sealed items. Instead of
serving lunches three days a week, each site will only serve on
Wednesdays but will provide 3 lunches for each child, along with extra
goodies.  Pick up will be contact-less and volunteers will be provided
with masks and gloves. The program runs June 9th – August 11th. 

2021 Summer Eats Meal Sites and Serving Times

  • Jefferson School: 12-12:30pm
  • Washington School: 12-12:30pm
  • Old Lincoln School (Open Sesame): 12-12:30pm
  • St Paul Church, Dixon: 12-12:30pm
  • Wooden Wonderland, Dixon:  12-12:30pm
  • Paw Paw Library: 11am
  • Dixon High School (beginning July 7):  12-12:30pm
  • Madison/Reagan School (beginning July 7):  12-12:30pm

Summer Eats is meeting a real need in the community. Even before
Covid-19, 21.5%, of Lee County children were food insecure, meaning they
have limited or uncertain access to safe and nutritious food. And this
issue has been compounded by the pandemic.  Children who are hungry or
food insecure are more likely to be in poor health and less likely to
form friendships, to be curious, and to learn. This summer meal program
can respond to this problem.

United Way of Lee County runs the Summer Eats program with the help
of countless community partners. Lee County Council on Aging will be
providing delivery and service for Lee County communities outside of

We are looking for volunteers to help make and serve free meals for
kids every Wednesday from June 9 – August 11. You can help one day
or many days – whatever works for you and your schedule. Volunteers
are needed from 11:45-12:45 for handing out meals at sites in Dixon.

Choose your volunteer position and dates here or reach out to United Way of Lee County at 815.284.3339 or

United Way of Lee County runs the Summer Eats program with the help
of countless community partners. If you are interested in providing
sponsorship, please contact Amanda Wike at