CHICAGO – State Rep. John D’Amico, D-Chicago, is promoting a summer-long, free lunch program through the Chicago Public School system available to families in his district until the end of August. The program is offered to assist students who rely on free and reduced lunch during the school year.
“No kid should go hungry in a country as well-off as ours,” said D’Amico. “It’s our responsibility to work to end child hunger. We owe our kids nothing less.”
Currently, 80 percent of the 400,000 students in Chicago Public Schools receive free or reduced-price lunch during the school year. As such, the summer free-lunch program provides a bridge to all young people 18 and younger until the last day of summer vacation on Friday, Aug. 25. Children and young adults in D’Amico’s district can go to Palmer Elementary School, located at 5051 N. Kenneth Ave. in Chicago to receive a free lunch Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. To find one of the 90 other schools that provide free lunch, visit cps.edu/summermeals or call 800-359-2163.
“There are so many great resources in the community that can help improve residents’ quality of life,” D’Amico continued. “I will continue to do everything I can to connect residents with services, but please call me at 773-736-0218 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you ever have any questions about potential resources in the community.”