Summer Lunch

Welcome to Summer Lunch 2023!

More than 4,000 DeKalb school children qualify for free/reduced lunch during the school year. We believe NONE of them should go hungry!

Welsh Park Pavilion

651 Russell Road, DeKalb, IL (just north of NIU Campus)

June 12 – August 3, Monday – Thursday (no service July 4)

  • Serving YMCA Camp Power, 11:20-11:50 am
  • Serving ALL DeKalb area kids & parents 11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Children eat lunch on-site at the pavilion / Adults may opt to eat at the pavilion or take a sack lunch home.

View this month’s MENU for children here

Check our Facebook page for updates and information throughout the week.

To paraphrase Jeff Bridges, national spokesperson for No Kid Hungry, “Poverty is complicated but feeding kids isn’t.” With more than 4,000 local kids qualifying for free or reduced lunches at school and 32% of DeKalb’s school children living within 1 mile of our serve site, the opportunity for providing nutritious meals that reduce summer hunger is great. Since first opening our doors as Summer Lunch and More in 2012 and then rebranding to Summer Lunch at the Park, more than 40,000 summer meals have been served to kids and their families.

Thanks to our partners: Northern IL Food Bank, Schnucks, Kishwaukee YMCA, DeKalb Park District, First United Methodist Church, and generous community donors who support this mission.


Leave your name and a call back number with the church office at 815-756-6301.