Sack lunch programs help Danville school children


Volunteers prepare sack lunches at Danville St. James UMCBy Noelle McGee
Champaign News-Gazette

DANVILLE – Earlene Roberson doesn't even want to think about how she would put lunch on the table for the three grandchildren she's raising and the eight others she babysits during the summer, if the St. James United Methodist Church's summer sack lunch program didn't exist.
"All I know is it's wonderful," Roberson said Tuesday. "The kids really look forward to it, and I'm really grateful for it."
"It's a godsend when school's out," added Angie Lanier, who signed up her two sons. "I don't have to worry as much about my food budget."
Both St. James and Trinity Lutheran Church provide free summer sack lunches to some Danville school district students who are eligible for free and reduced lunches. Program coordinators are still accepting applications.
St. James' program, at 504 N. Vermilion St., is for Garfield and East Park students. It runs through Aug. 20.
Trinity Lutheran's program, at 824 E. Main St., is for Cannon and Meade Park students. It runs through Aug. 13.
Both churches distribute lunches from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Parents or guardians can apply during that time. They must bring a Link or medical card as proof of income.
(Reprinted with permission from the June 16 issue of the Champaign News-Gazette.)