While school is out for the summer, different organizations and school districts around Indianapolis are offering free and nutritious meals for children and teens under the age of 18. We have rounded up several places for our free summer meal guide for the Indianapolis area – you can find all the places that are providing meals for families and we will continue to update this list throughout the summer as we get more information.
Kicking off our free summer meal guide in Indianapolis is the Indiana Department of Education. All Indiana students 18 and younger are eligible for free, healthy meals and snacks this summer thanks to the 2022 Summer Food Service, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. The link above shows over 1,000 sites throughout the state offering meals. Click the link to find a site near you on the DOE’s school and community nutrition program map.
Another great option in our free summer meal guide in Indianapolis is Indy Parks & Recreation. Open to ALL kids 18 and under, Indy Parks & Rec’s meal service is available Monday through Friday at the below locations around Marion County. There is no registration necessary and completely free. They also mentioned that Second Helpings will provide sandwiches for adults at some locations. Click here for a PDF version of the free summer meal schedule.
Christian Park (4200 E. English Ave.): 4:00-5:00 pm
Frederick Douglass Park (1616 E. 25th St.): 3:00-5:00 pm
Municipal Gardens (1831 Lafayette Rd.): 4:00-6:00 pm *Monday-Thursday
Pride Park (1129 Vandeman St.): 3:30-4:30 pm
Riverside Park (2420 E. Riverside Dr.): 4:30-5:30 pm
Washington Park (3130 E. 30th St.): 3:30-5:00 pm
Windsor Village Park (6510 E. 25th St.): 5:00-6:00 pm
Mobile Meal Offerings (Monday-Thursday):
Mobile Unit 1:
College Library (4180 N. College Ave.): 2:30-3:00 pm
East 38th Street Library (5420 E. 38th St.): 3:30-4:00 pm
Brightwood Library (2434 N. Sherman Dr.): 4:30-5:00 pm
Mobile Unit 2:
Spades Library (1801 Nowland Ave.): 2:30-3:00 pm
West Branch Library (1216 Kappes St.): 3:30-4:00 pm
Haughville Library (2121 W. Michigan Rd.): 4:30-5:00 pm
Meals are served for onsite consumption from June 1st – July 22nd, Monday through Friday. There will be no meals on July 4th. According to the website, all meals must be consumed on-site and are limited to one per child. Students do not have to have previously been in the School Meals Program to participate, nor do they need to apply. This program is not limited to Franklin Township students and all children are welcome.
Arlington Elementary School – 5814 S. Arlington Ave: Lunch noon-12:30 pm
Thompson Crossing Elementary School – 7525 East Thompson Rd: Lunch 11:15-11:45 am
The IPS Summer Meal program runs from June 6th through July 22nd. According to their website, this year, operations are returning to pre-pandemic rules and regulations. All meals must be consumed on-site. No meals will be served on June 20th and July 4th.
William McKinley 39 – 1733 Spann Ave., Lunch 12:30-1:00 pm
William Penn 49 – 1720 Wilkins St., Breakfast 9:00-9:30 am & Lunch 12:30-1:00 pm
James Russell Lowell 51 – 3426 Roosevelt Ave., Lunch 12:30-1:00 pm
George S. Buck 94 – 2701 Devon Ave., Lunch 12:30-1:00 pm
Shortridge HS 714 – 3401 N. Meridian St., Breakfast 7:15-7:45 am & Lunch 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Arsenal Tech HS 716 – 1500 E. Michigan St., Breakfast 7:15-7:45 am & Lunch 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Crispus Attucks HS 718 – 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St., Breakfast 7:15-7:45 am & Lunch 11:30 am-1:00 pm
George Washington HS 721 – 2215 W. Washington St., Breakfast 7:15-7:45 am & Lunch 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Haughville Library Branch (served from Bus Stop Café food bus) – 2121 W. Michigan St., Lunch 1:15-1:45 pm
Martin Luther King CC (served from Bus Stop Café food bus) – 40 W 40th St., Lunch 12:15-12:35 pm
Stratford Apts Leasing Office (served from Bus Stop Café food bus) – 3201 Watergate Rd., Lunch 11:00-11:30 am
Meals will be served from June 13th to July 15th with no meals served on July 4th. Meals are available daily Monday-Friday for children 18 and younger and meals must be eaten on site.
10 West Apartments | 10:45-11:20 am
Chapel Hill Apartments | 11:30-12:05 pm
Indy Public Library (Wayne Branch) | 12:15-1 pm
Heather Ridge Apartments | 11-11:30 am
Carriage House West | 11:45-12:15 pm
The Boardwalk at Westlake | 12:30-1 pm
Pondarosa | 11-11:30 am
Cloverleaf Apartments | 11-11:30 am
Stout Field Park | 11:45-12:30 pm
Pangea Hills Apartments | 12:45-1:15 pm
West Glen Village | 11-11:30 am
Wyckford Commons Apartments | 11:45-12:15 pm
Windsor Park Apartments | 12:30-1 pm
Rhoades Elementary | 11:30-12:30 pm
Pike’s free hot meal service is available for children 18 years and under from June 1st to August 1st, depending on the meal site. They are open Monday through Friday. Sites will be closed on June 20th and July 4th. Children must be present and meals must be eaten on-site. No ID or paperwork is required.
June 1st to August 1st:
YMCA | Breakfast 8:00-8:30 am & Lunch 12:00-12:30 pm
June 6th to June 24th:
Eastbrook Elementary | Breakfast 9:00-10:00 am & Lunch 12:15-1:00 pm
Guion Creek Creek Elementary | Breakfast 9:00-10:00 am & Lunch 12:15-1:00 pm
New Augusta South | Breakfast 9:00-10:00 am & Lunch 12:15-1:00 pm
Guion Middle School | Breakfast 9:00-10:00 am & Lunch 12:30-1:30 pm
Lincoln Middle School | Breakfast 9:00-10:00 am & Lunch 12:30-1:30 pm
New Augusta North | Breakfast 9:00-10:00 am & Lunch 12:30-1:30 pm
Pike Prepatory Academy | Breakfast 9:00-9:20 am & Lunch 12:30-1:00 pm
June 6th to July 22nd:
Pike Freshman Center | Breakfast 8:30-9:30am & Lunch 12:30-1:30 pm
The Decatur Township Child Nutrition program runs from June 7th through July 22nd (no meals on July 4th & 5th). Lunch is served daily for kids 18 and younger for free, and adults can eat for $3.
Blue and Gold Academy 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Lynhurst Park 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Troy Manor 11:15 am-11:45 am
DCHS Tennis Courts 11:15 am-12:15 pm
Heartland Crossing 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Mann Village Apartments 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Stephen Decatur Elem 11:45 am-12:45 pm
On-site meal service will begin on Monday, June 6th, and will continue through July 29th (at various sites, and no service June 20th and July 4th) for community members ages 18 and under. Students participating in JumpStart and Summer Care will be provided breakfast and lunch at no cost every day they are on-site.
11:00-11:20 am, June 6th-July 22nd at Community Gardens (9653 English Oak Place)
11:15-11:50 am, June 6th-July 22nd at Churchill Ranch Apartments (8016 Louisville Drive)
11:15 am-noon, June 6th-July 22nd at Spring Valley Homes (8820 Pendleton Pike)
11:25-11:50 am, June 6th-July 22nd at Arts for Lawrence Theater (8920 Otis Avenue)
12:00-12:30 pm, June 6th-July 29th at Benjamin Harrison YMCA (5736 Lee Road)
12:00-12:30 pm, June 6th-July 22nd at Maison Garden Apartments (8808 Rue Madeleine)
12:00-12:30 pm, June 6th-July 29th at Camp Belzer (6102 Boy Scout Road)
12:15-1:00 pm, June 6th-July 22nd at Oak Ridge Mobile Homes (9530 Pendleton Pike)
12:45-1:15 pm, June 6th-July 22nd at Post Brook Apartments (9265 East 41st Street)
1:30-2:00 pm June 6th-July 22nd at Harrison Point Apartments (9093 East Bourbon Street)
10:30-11:00 am, June 6th-June 30th at Sunnyside Elementary (6345 Sunnyside Road)
11:15-11:45 am, June 6th-June 30th at Oaklandon Elementary (6702 Oaklandon Road)
11:20-11:50 am, June 6th-June 30th at Belzer Middle School (7555 East 56th Street)
11:20-11:50 am, June 6th-June 30th at Lawrence Central High School (7300 East 56th Street)
11:20-11:50 am, June 6th-June 30th at Lawrence North High School (7802 Hague Road)
11:45 am-12:15 pm, June 6th-June 30th at Winding Ridge Elementary (11825 East 46th Street)
12:00-12:30 pm, June 6th-June 30th at ELC Amy Beverland (11660 Fox Road)
12:00-12:30 pm, June 6th-June 30th at Forest Glen Elementary (6333 Lee Road)
12:00-12:30 pm, June 6th-June 30th at Mary Castle Elementary (8502 East 82nd Street)
12:00-12:30 pm, June 6th-June 30th at Skiles Test Elementary (7001 Johnson Road)
12:15-1:00 pm, June 6th-July 22nd at Brook Park Elementary (5259 David Street)
12:15-12:45 pm, June 6th-June 30th at Crestview Elementary (7600 East 71st Street)
12:15-12:45 pm, June 6th-July 22nd at Harrison Hill Elementary (7510 East 53rd Street)
12:15-12:45 pm, June 6th-June 30th at Indian Creek Elementary (10833 East 56th Street)
12:30-1:00 pm, June 6th-June 30th at Fall Creek Valley Middle School (9701 East 63rd Street)
Perry Township Schools Child Nutrition Department will provide free breakfast and lunch for children 18 and under from June 6th-July 20th, and at several apartment locations starting June 20th. All meals must be eaten on-site, and meals will be served on July 4th.
School/Library Serving Sites:
Perry Meridian High School: Breakfast 7:30-8:45 am, Lunch 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Southport High School: Breakfast 7:15-8:15 am, Lunch 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Apartment Serving Locations:
Berkley Common Apartments 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Bradford Lakes Apartments 10:50-11:50 am
Brookwoods Apartments 1:10-1:25 pm
Capital Place Apartments 11:35 am-12:25 pm
CrossRoads at Southgreen 12:20-12:50 pm
Greentree Apartments 11:20 am-12:20 pm
Harvard Square Coop. 11:40-11:55 pm
Longacre Park 11:00-11:20 am
Regency Park Apartments 11:55 am-12:45 pm
Sawmill Apartments 11:50 am-12:20 pm
Strawbridge Green Apartments 12:45-1:05 pm
Summer food distribution started May 31st and is available for all kids 18 and under until July 22nd. At the below locations, breakfast will be served Monday through Friday from 8:00-9:00 am and lunch will be served Monday through Friday from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. No meals will be served on July 4th. All meals must be consumed on-site and all children should be accompanied by an adult. See menus here.
Serving Breakfast & Lunch:
Brookview Elementary – 1550 N Cumberland Rd.
Liberty Park Elementary – 8425 E Raymond St.
Lowell Elementary – 2150 S Hunter Rd.
Sunny Heights Elementary – 11149 Stony Brook Dr.
Stonybrook Middle School – 11300 Stony Brook Dr.
Warren Central High School – 9500 E 16th St.
Renaissance School – 8931 E 30th St.
Serving Lunch Only (11:00 am-1 pm):
Moorhead Community Resource Center (MCRC) – 501 N. Post Rd.
Silverstone Community – 7441 Chinook Cir.
Free meals on site will be offered from June 6th to July 22nd (Note: closed July 4th & 5th). Students 18 and younger must be present to be given meal and meals must be eaten on site. Breakfast will be served from 8:30-8:45 am and lunch will be served from 11:45 am-12:30 pm.
School Locations (look for the white tent outside each location):
Fox Hill Elementary | 802 Fox Hill Drive
Willow Lake Elementary | 7535 Harcourt Road
North Central High School | 1801 East 86th Street
The Eclipse Apartments, 8444 Rothbury Drive, June 6th-July 15th, Lunch only 11:15-11:45 am
Estates at Crystal Bay, 7136 Crystal Bay Drive, June 7th-July 15th, Lunch only 12:00-12:30 pm
To cap off our free summer meal guide Indianapolis, Beech Groves’ summer servings program runs from May 31st until June 22nd, depending on the meal site. The free lunches are available daily to children 18 and under followed by a fun park activity. Lunches are provided by Chartwells at Beech Grove. See below for locations and times.
From May 31st to July 22nd:
Beech Grove HS | 12:00-1:00 pm
CES Playground | 12:00-12:30 pm, Snack at 12:45 pm
From June 6th to July 15th:
Sarah T. Bolton Park | 12:00-12:30 pm, Snack at 12:45 pm
Parkview Apartments | 11:00-11:30 am
Willow Glen Apartments | 11:45 am-12:15 pm
The Diplomat Apartments | 12:30-1:00 pm
Looking for a site that’s closer to home? Text the word FOOD to 877-877 to get a list of free school meals near you!
You can also check them out on this interactive map to get directions directly from your home!
Have any locations that need to be added to our free summer meal guide for the Indianapolis area that we missed? Share it with us!