Free Summer Lunches. The day after schools close, Twigs volunteers distribute
meals from multiple locations* across seven Illinois counties Monday through Friday
from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Every child who shows up is fed with no questions
asked, no strings attached.

Year Lunches Served Locations Communities
2011 2,513 parks 1
2012 24,398 fire departments 2
2013 56,348 township halls 7
2014 56,383 schools 11
2015 60,643 churches 15
2016 79,911 YMCAs 23
2017 103,871 libraries and
community centers

Free Food Market. On the first Tuesday of every month, from noon until 2 p.m.,
Twigs volunteers distribute fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and other items provided
by the St. Louis Area Foodbank. Rain or shine, whether it is 100 degrees or 5 below,
people begin lining up as early as 6:30 a.m. to claim their spot in line.

Years Food Distributed Monthly Locations Families Served
2012–16 10–12 thousand pounds 2 250 to 300

Free Weekend “Pack-a-Sack.” Every Friday during the school year, children identified  by their school principal and/or social worker of being at risk of having nothing to eat over the weekend are given a sack of food to take home.

Students look forward to receiving their Pack-a-Sack and often ask for an extra for a sibling or parent. At participating schools, Friday attendance is up and disciplinary problems are down.

School Year Food Sacks School Districts
2013 –14 2,887 1
2014 –15 6,183 3
2015 –16 11,476 6
2016 –17 19,128 7