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‘Lunch Bus’ promises free lunches to local children and teens all summer long

Bus stationed at Lansing Library M,W,F starting June 14

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (June 3, 2021) – Lansing is one of a handful of south suburban communities that will host a “Lunch Bus” this summer. Operated by the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the bus will offer free food to anyone 18 years old starting on June 14 and extending through August 13.

The “Lunch Bus” will be stationed at the Lansing Public Library at 2750 Indiana Avenue, and will serve lunch only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 10:45–11:15 a.m. on a first come, first served basis. The grab-and-go meals will be “healthy and nutritious” according to a flyer for the program.

“The current pandemic has brought on many challenges, one of them being a lack of food accessibility for many children and families throughout Chicago’s suburban communities. At the Food Depository, we are seeing an increased need for food resources like never before, which is why this program is so important,” said Kaylee Craig, Youth Programs Specialist at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 

The “Lunch Bus” will also be making stops at the following locations:

  • Jirtle Park, E. 25th Street & Union Avenue, Chicago Heights (11:50 a.m.–12:20 p.m.)
  • Smith Park, W. 14th Place & Ashland Avenue, Chicago Heights (1:15–1:45 p.m.)
  • Faith United Methodist Church, 15015 Grant Street, Dolton (2:20–2:50 p.m.)

The program is sponsored by NBC Chicago and Curtis Granderson’s Grand Kids Foundation.

The Lansing Public Library is located at 2750 Indiana Avenue in Lansing.

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.