Join us for Summer Meal Meet-Ups!
Summer Meal Meet-Ups, a program offering free meals to kids throughout the summer, invites anyone ages 18 and under to one of the many meal sites in Iowa to receive free and nutritious meals.
Central Iowa Shelter & Services' sites will start Friday, June 4th and run every week during the summer Monday-Friday at various times and locations.
More than 40,000 students in central Iowa qualify for free or reduced-price meals, but approximately 3,000 children take advantage of free meals during the summer. With the COVID-19 pandemic, its anticipated that this number has grown.
Meal sites are located at schools, parks, or other organizations, and site sponsors – or hosts – are approved by the Iowa Department of Education and will offer grab-and-go meals, as many school districts offered earlier this year. Anyone up to age 18 can receive a free meal. No registration or sign up is required. Children do not need to be present due to new USDA guidance. Unlike in years past, activities will not be offered nor will kids congregate at meal sites.
To find a meal site near you, go to www.summermealsia.org, call 211, or text “Food” or “Comida” to 877-877. Services are available in English and Spanish.