Summer Lunch Programs
Summer Lunch programs continued through the month of July at a variety of locations. Give Me Five! made intermittent stops at the lunch programs. Don’t be hungry this summer! Give Me Five! has made stops at Izaac Walton Community Center, Astor Community Center and Holy Trinity Church to share activities and books with the families.
Mobile Food Pantry
Tusday, July 2nd
Hanover Township sponsored a Mobile Food Pantry at St. Johns School in Streamwood. Give Me Five! handed coloring books and activities donated by SCARCE as well as bi-lingual First Books to families with young children. Older children were able to take home a chapter book and donated coloring books from SCARCE.
VNA partnered with the Northern Illinois Food Bank and the Mobile Food Pantries to bring food to those in need. Give Me Five! was joined by the staff from the Elgin YWCA to share Early childhood resources, books and activities to do with their children focusing on the Give Me Five! message
Summer Fun to the Park
Tuesday, July 9th
The YWCA Metropolitan Chicago collaborated with Give Me Five!, EPEL, Gail Borden Library and School District U-46 to bring some summer fun to the park. Give Me Five! provided bags for children to be able to place the 'First Books' in that they received from EPEL. Other activities included were art, sports and story telling as well as a visit from the Elgin Police Department and the Gail Borden Bookmobile.
Play in the Park
Thursday, July 11th
The Streamwood Park District hosted Play in the Park followed by a movie at Hoosier Grove Park. Give Me Five! stopped by with some activities for the children and answered questions about preschool in the area.
Mobile Food Pantry
Wednesday, July 17th
The Northern Illinois Food Bank brought their Mobile Food Pantry to the summer lunch program at Harriet Gifford Elementary School. Community agencies along with Give Me Five! were available with books, bags, wellness checks and other resources.
Saturday, July 27th
New Life Covenant Church of Elgin sponsored HopeFest. The community was invited to stop by where they were giving away backpacks, haircuts, physicals and other resources. Give Me Five! joined School District U46 in providing district information, ways to be involved, calendars and school supplies.
Tuesday, July 30th
Greater Elgin Family Care Center partnered with the Northern Illinois Food Bank and the Mobile Food Pantries to bring food to those in need. Give Me Five!, EPEL and the YWCA of Elgin participated beside Greater Elgin Family Care Center to share Early childhood resources, books and activities to do with their children focusing on the Give Me Five! message.
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