Youth Meal Programs

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department sponsors three meal programs for youth (18 and under). These programs provide Free meals to young people throughout the year. During the school year the program operates during the week (Mon. – Fri. only) from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., and during the summer (Mon. – Fri. only) from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The programs are made possible through federally funded grants. The After-School Meal Program and the Summer Food Service Program offers the opportunity for interested agencies to become participating sites.

Request to Participate Applications to become a Summer Food Service Program site are currently being accepted (via email only).



The After-School Meal Program provides a snack and supper to youth ages 18 and under who participate in programming at one of 45 H.P.A.R.D. community centers or at approved partner sites. It is funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture (T.D.A.) Child and Adult Care Food Program (C.A.C.F.P.). Sites were approved by the T.D.A. based on their eligibility requirements, which designate eligible areas as those served by a school in which 50% or more of the children enrolled are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.

There are no enrollment requirements for the C.A.C.F.P. program. Participating youth will be served a free snack and supper between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, from September 6, 2022, through May 31, 2023. H.P.A.R.D. manages the program for the City of Houston and participating sites are sponsored under H.P.A.R.D. The facility hosting the program must provide educational or enrichment activities, be open to all children, and not limit participation or membership on the basis of the child’s ability. H.P.A.R.D. accepts registrations throughout the year from groups interested in becoming an After-School Meal Program site. Groups that would like to register to become an After-School Meal Program Site may contact Rummeka Allen at 713.676.6832.

Ages: 1 - 18
Registration: Not Required
Program Dates Sep. 6, 2022 – May 31, 2023
Mon. - Fri. ONLY
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Information: 713.676.6832



Since 1980, HPARD has sponsored the Summer Food Service Program for youth ages 18 and under. The nutritious packed lunches are prepared and delivered daily to each site and comply with federal and state requirements. They include one serving of milk, two or more servings of vegetables and/or fruits, one serving of grain or bread, and one serving of meat or meat alternative.
Offers: Lunches and snacks at over 200 sites across the city for children ages 1 – 18 to replace meals provided during the school year. No registration is required. HPARD has sponsored this program since 1980.
Ages: 1 - 18
Fee: Free (no registration required)
Locations: Over 200 sites across Houston and Harris County
Days: Jun. 13 – Aug. 19 (Weekdays only)
Time: Breakfast: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Information: 2-1-1 (and give operator your zip code for closest site to you)

2024 Summer Food Service Program “Request to Participate Form” coming December 2023.