Families with children are much more likely to be food insecure.  We focus on providing meals and snacks to kids when they are most at-risk of going hungry – during the summer months and at after-school programs.

For more information on our work to reduce childhood hunger, contact Adriana Riano, Program Manager, (708) 386-1324 ext. 1104. 

Summer Meals

Summer is a critical time for children’s academic and physical well-being.  Many kids who rely on school meals, struggle to get enough to eat during school breaks.

Collaborations – Closed Distribution Sites

Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry partners with Oak Park Education Foundation through BASE CAMP and with Oak Park River Forest High School through their summer school programs. Together we provide nutritious lunch and snacks to participants who would normally receive free or reduced-priced lunch during the school year. 

Meet up & Eat Up – Open Distribution Site

Along with a partner host, we provide a free, drop-in summer lunch site where anyone 18 and under can partake in activities and enjoy a balanced meal.

Meet up & Eat Up happens every summer the week after Oak Park public schools go on summer break and it ends a week before school starts.  Location may change every year due to USDA’s eligibility requirements.  

Past site partners, include:

  • West Cook YMCA
  • St. John Lutheran Church, Forest Park
  • Light of Liberty Church
  • New Life Ministries
  • St. Catherine – St. Lucy School

Cluster Tutoring

Cluster Tutoring meets at First United Church in Oak Park and at Pine Avenue Church in Austin for one-on-one tutoring sessions every Thursday evening.  We provide all their students with fruit and a snack bar during their tutoring sessions. 

Power of Partnerships

Power of Partnerships Summer Program (POP) supports, motivates, and engages students who struggled academically during the school year. Students can enjoy a new and exciting type of summer school opportunity created to enhance their study and reading skills while preparing them for the academic year ahead.  Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry joined forces with POP to offer protein bars and fruit to their participants throughout the summer. 

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