Free summer activities starting for youth

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Chicago Public Schools has expanded its free programs provided to students to bridge one school year to the next and promote a safe, healthy summer.

There will be more locations citywide for Safe Haven and citywide summer feeding programs, including CPS’ LunchStop program, which is expanding to 35 outdoor sites across Chicago.

The Safe Haven program will expand to 110 sites across the city, offering free programs that help keep school-aged children off the streets and engaged in educational activities throughout the summer. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, from June 30 through Aug. 8th.

Each site provides a variety of services , including reading programs, tutoring, performing arts, and the opportunity work with college graduates and mentors from the church communities.

This year’s programming will have a special focus on anti-bullying themes, engaging students in both educational and social-emotional activities that will prepare them for the next academic year.

Each of the 110 locations will provide students free breakfast and lunch through CPS’ partnership with New Life Ministries.

The West Side locations include:

Greater True Vine Pastor John Collins 5936 W. Division 60651 (773) 626-3542


Greater St. John Rev. Acree 1256 N. Waller Street 60651 (773) 378-3300


Heirs of the Promise Pastor Joseph Kyles 4821 W. Chicago Ave. 60651 773-342-5377


Home of Life Pastor Johnny Henderson 4650 W. Madison 60644 (773) 626-8654


Hope Community Church Pastor Steve Epting 5900 W. Iowa 60651 (773) 921-2243


Inspiration Deliverance Center Pastor Shirley Hughes 647 N. Parkside 60644 (773) 287-4311


Lively Stone Pastor Contrell Jenkins 4938 W. Chicago Ave. 60651 (773) 379-1750


New Birth Pastor Robbie Wilkerson 5213 W. Potomac 60651 773) 261-7404


New Greater True Light Pastor Robert Lockett 5401 W. Chicago Avenue 60651 (773) 287-6485


New Home Baptist Church Rev. McCollough 4804 W Polk St, 60644 (773) 378-2235


New Mission Pastor Purkett 4700 W. Polk 60644 773-287-0817


Rhema Word Church Pastor Virgil Brackett 5460 W. Ohio 60644 773.378.4327


Rising Sun Church Pastor Matthew Miller 820 N. Central 60639 773 921-0744


St. Mark Pastor Andre Thurmon 832 N. Leclaire 60651 (773) 378-4601


Sweet Relief Bishop Stephenson 4247 W. Division Street 60651 (773) 812-0774


Truth & Deliverance Pastor Abercrombie 5151 W. Madison Street 60644 (773) 626-3800


Union Star Baptist Church Pastor Brooks 3925 W. Chicago. Ave 60651


Universal MBC Pastor Larry Mcclinton 535 N Cicero 60644 (773) 287-7128


Summer feeding programs begin as early as this week at some locations, and will provide children 18 and under with access to free, nutritious meals between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

With the expansion of both summer feeding sites inside of schools and LunchStop carts outside of schools this year, children across the city will have access to free meals at more than 300 sites. For more information and a list of school locations, click here.

For more than a decade, CPS and partner organizations have been administering free meals to students across the city during summer breaks. For some of the eight out of every 10 students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, summer break can mean a lack of adequate access to food.

Last summer, CPS served about 800,000 breakfast and lunch meals.

For more information on how families can access free summer meals, click here.

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