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It's lunch time!

Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 3:11 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 3:15 p.m. CDT

The free summer lunch program in Spring Valley is still thriving and still available to all area children — toddlers to 17 years old. On average, the program draws about 46 area children and teens each day. The Spring Valley program is provided by the Illinois Coalition for Community Services, along with the city of Spring Valley and Project Success. The program runs until Aug. 15, Monday through Friday, at the Spring Valley City Hall. Lunches are served from noon to 1 p.m. Kids can also join in on a fitness program before each lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. Dalene Sweezey is the activities coordinator for the Spring Valley site, and Sue Ballerin is the food coordinator. The program is not based on family income. In order to qualify for the federally-funded program, a community must have at least one school in the community which has more than 50 percent of its students qualifying for free or reduced school lunch program.

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