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Peoria Public Schools looks toward summer, offering “Food, Friends and Fun” to students

d150 food friends fun summer 2015May 12, 2015 – Although we traditionally think of the summer months as carefree and relaxing, the reality is it can be a time of stress for parents and students. Parents, especially those who work or attend school, need activities for their children that are safe, age-appropriate, healthy and reduce the academic “summer-slide.” For many of the families served by Peoria Public Schools, the loss of a school-supplied nutritious breakfast and lunch threatens parents’ ability to provide their children’s most basic needs.

District 150’s “Food, Friends & Fun” program is designed to help families address these needs. Through the “Food, Friends & Fun” initiative, the District and its food service provider, Sodexo, nutritious meals (breakfasts and lunches) will be served to students attending all of the district’s summer programs provided at 10 district school sites and approximately 20 community agencies holding summer camps. Meals will not only be served to students registered for the camps but to any person age 18 and under. Displayed in the District’s Board Room at the Administration Building, the summer sites are located throughout the city of Peoria. A complete list is also available on the District website.

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During the summer of 2014, the summer meals program provided 5,488 breakfasts and 5,292 lunches from eight school sites and the Peoria Housing Authority, using just two food delivery vehicles. For 2015, those numbers will increase dramatically.

The newly coined initiative, “Food, Friends and Fun” not only provides meals to the programs offered at ten district school sites, but also establishes a community partnership with an additional 20 sites, including Peoria Park District facilities, community agencies such as Friendship House, the Hult Center for Healthy Living, and churches. For 2015, seven vehicles will be needed to deliver meals each day. Peoria Public Schools projects the number of meals provided to increase to 25,000 for breakfasts and 50,000 for lunches. 

This initiative brings meals to where the students will be this summer, learning and having fun. The Peoria Public Schools summer camps are one or two weeks in length in a variety of areas including:

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  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Step
  • Choir
  • English Language Learner (ELL)
  • Lego
  • Culinary Arts and more
  • Hines Primary School, Kellar Primary School, Lincoln K-8 School, Glen Oak Community Learning Center, and Harrison Community Learning Center will once again be open throughout parts of June and July to allow students to engage in Compass Learning, an online educational resource tool that is available to students in the classroom and at home

Transportation to camps is provided.

All of the details on Food, Friends & Fun are available on the District website, www.psd150.org and clicking on the “Food, Friends and Fun” icon located under Site Shortcuts.