December 01, 2021
School meals are an important part of a child's daily diet, particularly for kids whose families struggle with food insecurity.
To stem the hunger and dearth of nutritious food that some children face when schools are closed for the holidays, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation department is making free meals available to all Philadelphia residents younger than 18. The meals will be served at select recreation centers, beginning later in December to coincide with the School District Philadelphia's winter break.
"Winter recess is a time for students to have fun and enjoy time with their family and community," Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell said. "No child should go hungry because schools are closed."
So far, a total of 10 days of meal distributions have been scheduled, and Parks & Recreation has created a searchable map showing the rec centers participating in the program.
The meals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis between mid-afternoons and early evenings, and the food must be eaten on site. Families can call individual recreation centers for the exact hours.
Here are the upcoming dates Parks & Recreation will be providing the free meals.
• Winter Break: Monday, Dec. 27 to Thursday, Dec. 30 and Monday, Jan. 1
• Lunar New Year: Tuesday, Feb. 1
• Spring Break: Monday, April 11 to Thursday, April 14