Summer Meal Sites

Southeast Polk Families,

Although we don’t provide a summer meal program, Altoona Kids Café, Des Moines, Saydel, Waukee, Johnston and West Des Moines School districts do.  The information provided below gives details about each provider if you are interested in utilizing these.  Traveling over the summer? Find a Summer Meal Meet-Up site by texting “FOOD” to 877-877 or Call 2-1-1 and ask about Summer meals or visit SummerMealsIA.org.

Altoona Kids Café Summer 2019

The date is set and we are gearing up for an AWESOME summer! Join us for Altoona Kids Cafe 2019 from June 10-July 19, (closed July 4 and 5),  Monday through Friday from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Kids Cafe is located at Cross Creek 1975 8th Street SW in Altoona. (This is the building just west of Lutheran Church of the Cross) Students are required to pre-register before attending. No unregistered students will be allowed on buses without first registering. Busing is available to limited locations. Forms will be available soon through SEP Guidance staff.

Questions? Contact us at altoonakidscafe@gmail.com


Ankeny Love Lunches

2019 Free Summer Lunch program in Ankeny with activities and snack in 2 locations.  June 3 – August 22. Find more information on Facebook- Ankeny Love Lunches (@ankenylovelunch)

Sunset Park
1320 SW 3rd St, Ankeny
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Ankeny Presbyterian Church
317 SE Trilein, Ankeny
Monday – Friday from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm


Des Moines Summer Meal Program

The Des Moines Public School district is once again sponsoring a Summer Food Service Program, with sites providing free meals to all children 18 years of age or younger beginning June 3, 2019There are a total of 21 meal sites throughout the community.  All sites will be closed July 4-5.
Click here to download a list of the 2019 DMPS Summer Meal Sites.


Waukee Schools Picnic & Play

Have fun, see your teachers, and eat lunch!  Come join your teachers at four sites across Waukee and West Des Moines for fun, games, and lunch!  Activities and lunch will be available every Monday through Friday (excluding July 4th).  The fun will start June 3rd and go until August 9th.  All activities and meals are free to children 18 years old and younger who visit the site.  Children will not be identified and do not need to sign in in order to participate in activities or receive lunch.
If you have further questions, please contact Kaitlyn Scheuermann, RDN, LD, Waukee Nutrition Services Dietitian at nutrition@waukeeschools.org or call 515-987-2719.

Dates:  Monday-Friday, June 3-August 9

  • Windfield West Apartments – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (75 SE Windfield Pkwy, at the basketball court)
  • Jonas Circle – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm  (1300 SE Jacob Drive, Waukee, in the club house/main office)
  • Maple Grove Villas – 11:00 am – 12:00 am  (8602 Westown Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA, in the Community Room/Main Office)
  • Sun Prairie Apartments – 11:30 am – 12:00 am  (6137 Vista Drive, West Des Moines, at playground closest to the corner of Vista Dr and 60th St)

West Des Moines Community School District Summer Meals

Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:  All Sites will be closed July 4th and July 5th

LEGION PARK
301 Vine St   June 4 – August 16
Lunch served 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

CRESTVIEW SCHOOL OF INQUIRY
8355 Franklin Ave     June 4 – August 9
Breakfast served 7:45 am – 8:45 am
Lunch served 10:45 am – 11:45 am

CLIVE LEARNING ACADEMY
1600 73rd street   June 4 – August 9
Breakfast served 7:45 am – 8:45 am
Lunch served 10:45 am – 11:45 pm

VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
3650 Woodland Ave  June 4 – August 9
Breakfast served 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Lunch served 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

WALNUT CREEK YMCA
948 73rd St    June 4 – August 9
Breakfast served 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Lunch served 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

STILWELL JR HIGH
1601 Vine St   June 4 – August 9
Breakfast Served 8:30 am-9:30 am
Lunch Served 11:30 am-12:30 pm


Saydel Summer Meal Program

Free summer meals for kids and teens ages 18 and younger.

Cornell Elementary School
5817 NE 3rd Street, Des Moines from June 3 – August 9
Breakfast 8a.m. – 9:00a.m.
Lunch 11:30 – 12:30


Johnston Schools Summer Meal Program 

Johnston Community School District is participating in the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:

Gold Site – Chapel Ridge Apartment Complex
6200 Clark Lane Johnston IA 50131
12:30pm – 1:00pm June 6 – August 14 (Meal Service not available July 1 – 5)

Purple Site – Sterling Point Apartment Complex

10509 Dorset Drive, Johnston IA 50131
11:15am – 11:45am June 6 – August 14 (Meal Service not available July 1 – 5)

Meredith Site

5128 Meredith Drive, Des Moines IA 50310
12:00pm – 1:00pm June 6 – August 14 (Meal Service not available July 1 – 5)

Murphy’s Park

3299 67th Street, Urbandale IA 50322
12:00pm – 1:00pm from June 10 – August 14 (Meal Service not available July 1 – 5)


Iowa Non-Discrimination Statement:

“It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9.  If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office building, 400 E. 14th St. Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website: https://icrc.iowa.gov/.”

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)     Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)     Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.