Parks & Rec providing free meals for children every weekday this summer

Parks & Rec providing free meals for children every weekday this summer

Children getting free meals
Photos courtesy St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation

With summer in full swing, the St. Pete Parks and Recreation Department is stepping up to make sure no kid goes hungry. In partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service’s Summer BreakSpot, Parks and Rec is providing free meals to St. Pete children every weekday all summer long.

Because many children are reliant on cafeteria meals during the year, the Summer Food Program aims to bridge the gap during the break. The program began May 31st and runs through August 5th, providing free breakfast and/or lunch at more than a dozen locations throughout St. Pete (full list below). No registration is required, and the meals are available to any children 18 years of age or younger.

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This program mirrors other similar efforts by the city, county and local leadership to address food insecurity issues in the area, particularly as inflation drives up the cost of everyday goods and strains families of all sizes. Just last week, Pinellas County hosted a grocery giveaway in Pinellas Park, and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic just released its weekly We Help FRESH Pantry schedule, providing free and fresh groceries every weekday in St. Pete to those in need.

The Parks and Recreation Department is also hosting a swimsuit drive as it asks for swimsuits (sizes 6-16) and towels to help kids in need of supplies for swim lessons. Donations are accepted at City recreation centers and pools.

Learn more about both programs, as well as other summer activities for kids, at stpeteparksrec.org.

Find a Summer Food location near you

These are the locations offering free meals in St. Pete this summer, Monday-Friday. All locations offer daily lunch, while most also offer breakfast.

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
1101 Country Club Way S.
Lunch only 12 – 1 pm

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Camp Redbird at Azalea Recreation Center
1600 72nd St. N.
Breakfast 7:30 – 8:30 am, Lunch 12 – 1 pm

Campbell Park Recreation Center
601 14th St. S.
Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30 am, Lunch 12 – 1 pm

Childs Park
4301 13th Ave. S. • 727-893-7463
Breakfast 8 – 9:30 am, Lunch 12 – 2 pm

Dell Holmes Park
2740 22nd St. S.
Lunch only, 11 am – 1 pm

Frank Pierce Recreation Center
2000 7th St. S.
Breakfast 8:15 – 9:30 am, Lunch 12 – 2 pm

Gladden Recreation Center
3901 30th Ave. N.
Breakfast 8 – 9:30 am, Lunch 11:45 am – 2 pm

James W. Johnson Library
1059 18th Ave. S.
Lunch only 12 – 1 pm

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JW Cate Recreation Center
5801 22nd Ave. N.
Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30 am, Lunch 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Lake Vista Recreation Center
1401 62nd Ave. S.
Breakfast 8 – 9:30 am, Lunch 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Roberts Recreation Center
1246 50th Ave. N.
Breakfast 8 – 9:30 am, Lunch 11:15 am – 1:30 pm

Shore Acres Recreation Center
4230 Shore Acres Blvd. NE.
Breakfast 8 – 9:30 am, Lunch 12 – 1:30 pm

South Library
2300 Roy Hanna Dr. S.
Lunch only 12 – 1 pm

TASCO Center for Teen Technology
1320 5th St. N.
Breakfast 8 – 9:30 am, Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Thomas “Jet” Jackson Recreation Center
1000 28th St. S.
Breakfast 8 – 9:30 am, Lunch 12 – 1:30 pm

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Walter Fuller Recreation Center
7891 26th Ave. N.
Breakfast 8 – 9:30 am, Lunch 11:30 – 1 pm

Willis S. Johns Recreation Center
6635 Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N.
Breakfast 8:15 – 9:30 am, Lunch 12 – 1:30 pm

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