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Feeding the community's kids

Congregation takes the lead

Steve Dow knew an injustice when he saw it: summer school in Rochelle, Ill., was held at the one elementary school where the majority of children were above the poverty line so the district wouldn't have to feed them. But the kids attending — including those from the other three schools where the majority live below the poverty level — were spending summer days on empty stomachs. "It made me mad," he said.

design picsWhen the pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Rochelle, realized three years ago what the district had done, he and others launched a program to feed the community's kids. With the help of the Northern Illinois Food Bank, they planted their food sites where children spend their summer days: a trailer park, city parks and the swimming pool.


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