2020 marks the 37th year the Decatur Park District and Illinois State Board of Education have partnered to provide free meals at locations across Decatur as part of the Summer Food Service Program. This summer’s program, in collaboration with Decatur Public Schools District #61 (DPS #61), will provide continued food insecurity relief for our children.

As an extension of the current DPS #61 meal distribution (ending June 30), The Decatur Park District will continue providing service throughout the remainder of the summer at the same locations and times for a seamless transition for the public.

Grab and go meals are available for free on Tuesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Eisenhower, MacArthur, Hope and Steven Decatur as well as Tuesday and Friday 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at French STEM, Muffley, South Shores and Parsons schools. Three days’ worth of meals are provided on Tuesdays and two days’ worth of meals are provided on Fridays. Free lunches are for children aged 18 and under. For more information, call Jamie Gower, Decatur Park District Director of Recreation and Facilities, at 422-5911.

Due to the effects of COVID-19 and the Governor’s Restore Illinois phased plan, the Yellow Hat Park Leaders Program will not be operating in our neighborhood parks this summer.