This year marks the 38th year the Decatur Park District and Illinois State Board of Education have partnered to provide free meals at park and school locations across Decatur as part of the Summer Food Service Program. The Decatur Park District is also partnering with the Children’s Museum of Illinois to bring their free mobile STEAM program to follow lunch on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Meals are available free of charge Monday – Friday, June 1 – July 30 for children aged 18 and under. A listing of locations and times appear below. For more information, call Jamie Gower, Decatur Park District Director of Recreation and Facilities, at 217-422-5911.

Yellow Hat park leaders lead creative, educational programs in Decatur’s parks. Teams of Yellow Hat park leaders will be in 9 neighborhood parks during the lunch hour each weekday playing fun games, and leading educational activities.                                          

Location                                              Lunch

Garfield Park                                       1 – 2 p.m. | STEAM 1:30 – 2:30 Thursdays
Grant Park                                           10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | STEAM 11- 11:45 Wednesdays
Hess Park                                            1 – 2 p.m. | STEAM 1:30 – 2:30 Wednesdays
Johns Hill Park                                    1 – 2 p.m. | STEAM 1:30 – 2:30 Tuesdays
Monroe Park                                       11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | STEAM 12:15- 1:15 Thursdays
Mueller Park                                       11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | STEAM 12:15- 1:15 Tuesdays
Oak Grove Park                                  10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | STEAM 11- 11:45 Thursdays
South Shores Park                               10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | STEAM 11- 11:45 Tuesdays
Torrence Park                                     11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | STEAM 12:15- 1:15 Wednesdays

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