Quaker Oats to donate food to school district’s meal programs this summer

Vermilion County

DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Quaker Oaks has announced they will continue to provide nutritional assistance to school children this summer, after their ‘Breakfast in the Park’ program was cancelled Monday because of health reasons.

A representative for the company said Wednesday “it’s important to us that we can continue to support our community with health and safety as our first priority.”

“With social distancing practices in mind, we plan to support local School District #118 by donating Quaker products to their summer breakfast and lunch program, which is predicted to feed up to 1,000 students each week,” the representative added.

Sue Barnes, Food Service Director for District #118 in Danville said Tuesday they plan to continue to feed children lunch through the summer through their meal programs.

In a Monday Facebook post, organizers with ‘Breakfast in the Park’ announced the program has been cancelled for this year. It would have been their 10-year anniversary. The post added they will sincerely miss seeing their children and retirees.

‘Breakfast in the Park’ was a community partnership coordinated by Quaker Oats and United Way of Danville, which has helped cover the gap in summer food programs for kids. The program has provided over 19,000 breakfast meals over the years. They have provided food items such as cereal, milk, fruit, juice, and granola bars. It would have ran from the end of May through July.

They have received support from the following businesses and community organizations:

  • Danville Public Library.
  • District #118.
  • Graphic Packaging.
  • Girl Scouts by Kate.
  • Healthy Vermilion County.
  • Landmark Credit Union.
  • Love Inc.
  • OSF Healthcare.
  • Papa Murphy’s.
  • Peer Court.
  • Survivor Resource Center.
  • U. of I. Extension Office.
  • Vibrant Credit Union.

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