BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — While school is out, it’s hard for students to go out and get all the nutrition they need, so this summer District 87 in Bloomington is bringing the food to them.
Every day the school district loads a van full of nutritious food and delivers it to four locations in the city. Leaders say this idea began last year once they realized the growing need in the community. They’re hoping these trips create a bond between the district staff and their students.
”It’s excited to see that we are meeting a need in the community,” said Julie McCoy, District 87 Nutrition Director. “We’re seeing our kids during the summer to let them know, hey, we don’t forget about you when school is out, you matter to us. We are going to do what we can to enrich your lives all year round.”
McCoy says the mobile sites are just half of the effort.
The district also has stationary sites at Sheridan, Bent, Irving and Stevenson schools where they also teach kids how to cook healthy meals with what they have at home.
Anyone under 18 can get free meals, adults will be charged $3.
Bloomington Junior High School
901 Colton Ave., Bloomington: breakfast only, 8:30-9 a.m. Mon.-Thu.
Boys and Girls Club
1615 W. Illinois St., Bloomington: breakfast, 9-9:30 a.m. Mon.-Fri.; lunch, 12 p.m. -1 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Irving Elementary School
602 W. Jackson St., Bloomington: breakfast, 9-9:30 a.m. Mon.-Thu.; lunch, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Second Presbyterian Church
313 N. East St., Bloomington: lunch only, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Sheridan Elementary School
1403 W. Walnut St., Bloomington: breakfast, 8:30-9 a.m. and lunch, 12 p.m. -1 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Breakfast 8:30-9 a.m. Mon.-Thu.