Summer Food Program

Our Summer Food Program offers free, nutritionally balanced meals at our community centers and other various locations during the summer months. (Dates and times can vary.) Last summer, more than 245,000 meals were served in the Columbus area.


Meals are served to anyone between the ages of 1–18. Meals are also available for anyone ages 18-21 who has been determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and involved in an independent education program.

Families in need can call 866-3-HUNGRY (Español: 877-8-HAMBRE) or text 914-342-7744 with a question that contains a keyword such as “food,” “summer,” “meals,” etc. and receive a text back that will show free meal sites closest to them.

Download information here: EnglishSpanish and Somali.


Want to be a site host?

Is your organization interested in becoming a Columbus Recreation and Parks Summer Lunch Program Site?

The 2022 Application window is now closed.

2023 Applications will be available in March 2023.

For information please contact us.