ENGLEWOOD — Rose of Light Missionary Baptist Church in Englewood will host its second annual Summer Food Program Kickoff Thursday with health screenings, a hot meal and lots of fun.
Sponsored by the Chicago Greater Food Depository, kids under 18 will be able to get a free hot meal and play games while listening to tunes spun by a live DJ from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the church, 1302 W. 74th St.
Ald. David Moore (17th) is slated to attend.
Staff from St. Bernard Hospital’s mobile unit will be on hand to give free back-to-school physicals and immunizations, and America’s Best will offer free eye exams and vouchers for free eyeglasses. For those a little older, Oak Street Health will provide free screenings. Parents and guardians are required to be present at the time of service, and bring their children’s shot records.
Rose of Light has been hosting Camp 1302, a low-cost camp for children ages 5-13, for seven years. The Chicago Greater Food Depository partnered with the church to provide the campers with breakfast and lunch. The depository also offers grants to churches and organizations looking to host larger scale community food events, which made Thursday’s event possible.
Last year’s event fed more than 150 people. Deborah Clair, Camp 1302’s c0-founder and director, hopes for an even bigger turnout this year.
“We want the kids to know that we’re here for them. Seventy percent of Chicago Public School students don’t get breakfast or lunch once school is out,” Clair said. “We’re providing a space and opportunity for them, if they need it.”
For more information, call 773-873-8200.
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