FREE Summer Meals, Fun Activities for Kids

All students, regardless of family income, can receive a free USDA-approved lunch and participate in educational and recreational activities afterward at JC Kids’ Lunch Bunch, the Summer Meals Program in Johnston City. Now in its tenth year of operation. Lunch Bunch is part of the Summer Food Service Program administered by the Illinois Board of Education and funded (in part) by the USDA (This institution is an equal opportunity provider.) Since 2012, Lunch Bunch has served nearly 25,000 meals to area children and families.

The program begins Saturday, June 1 at 11:00 am at JCity Church, 609 Monroe (corner of Broadway & Monroe) in Johnston City. Lunch will be served from 11:00am-12:30pm Saturday at a community carnival (kickoff event). Monday, June 3, the daily program begins and meals are served from 11:30am-12:30pm on weekdays through Friday, August 2. Parents, caregivers, and siblings over 18 are welcome to eat free as well. Donations from the community allow the church to serve everyone regardless of age or income, and also provide students with “Friday bags” with extra food for weekends (similar to the “Gum Drops” during the school year). The Johnston City Public Library will provide programs on five days as part of its annual summer reading program. Volunteers, local organizations, and recreational staff will lead other activities during the two-month program. A schedule of daily activities and menus will be available on the Lunch Bunch Facebook page accessible through the church website:

Bus transportation (with wheel-chair lift) is available for participants within the city limits of Johnston City. Please call 618-944-4903 to arrange transportation of for more information about this program. Student and adult volunteers are welcome to assist in the meal service or program activities. Lunch Bunch welcomes donations (fully tax-deductible) to underwrite the cost of transportation, activities, and additional food.