Niles offers summer food program for kids

Published 9:33 am Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Niles Community Schools hopes to feed hundreds of children during its Summer Food Service Program, which begins Monday, June 22.

“This is the first year Niles Schools has run the summer food program so we don’t know yet how many students we will feed,” said J.J. Merimonti, food services director at Niles Community Schools. “In the past, the Niles Salvation Army has run the program and I’m not sure how many meals they served. We hope to feed between 300 to 600 kids daily.”

Any child under the age of 18 can participate, regardless of where they live.

Meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. from June 22 to Aug. 14 at Eastside Park, located at the corner of 17th and Sycamore Streets.

Lunch also will be served from noon to 1 p.m. June 22 to Aug. 14 at Michiana Christian Embassy, located at 1922 E. Main St.

Another lunch option will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. July 6 through Aug. 14 at Ballard Elementary School, located at 1601 Chicago Rd.

Merimonti said if weather does not permit serving outside at Eastside Park the other two locations will still be available.

All meals must be eaten at the site. Adults may pay $2.25 for a lunch and may not eat off of a child’s plate.

Below is a weekly menu:

Monday — Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, string cheese, baby carrots, apple juice, chips and chocolate milk

Tuesday — Turkey and cheese sandwich, celery sticks, apple, chocolate milk

Wednesday — Ham and cheese sandwich, carrots, raisins, surprise “fun snack,” chocolate milk

Thursday — Turkey, lettuce and cheese wrap, cucumber spears, apple, chocolate milk

Friday — Peanut butter and jelly uncrustable, string cheese, carrots, tangerine juice, chips, chocolate milk

Merimonti said the menu will likely change midway through summer.

For more information, contact Merimonti by phone at (269) 684-1144 or by email at