United Way of Knox County kicked-off Summer Lunch and new Activity Program this week


The United Way of Knox County’s Summer Lunch Program began yesterday. With school out for summer, the United Way is working to make sure that food-insecure children are getting enough to eat. The program began three years ago when the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools and children did not have access to school lunches. Any child under the age of 18 is eligible to stop by any of the sites to receive a free lunch. New this year, the United Way will be hosting kids’ activities every day from noon to 1:00 pm at their location on Monmouth Boulevard. “Blick (Art Materials) is our main sponsor for this Summer Activity Hub,” said Executive Director Hayleigh Miller. “But we’re also going to have activities from Discovery Depot (Children’s Museum) – (they’ve) created activity kits that we’re going to have every Monday. Every Thursday we’re going to have the Galesburg Public Library at our site so that kids can sign up for their Summer Reading Program, do activities with them, and get signed up for library cards.  We’re just trying to get as much of the community together as possible at one hub this summer for children.”  The United Way of Knox County is located at 12-15 Monmouth Boulevard – the former site of IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union.