Summer Food Programs in Johnson County

Summer food service program logo - a fun picture of a watermelon slice as the U in Summer

The Summer Food Service Program, administered by the Iowa Department of Education, provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months. There are many summer food service program feedings sites across the state of Iowa, however the program is still vastly under-utilized.

The biggest barrier to children participating in the Summer Food Service Program is knowledge that feedings sites exist.

So please share and tell others!

In Iowa City

The City of Iowa City have partnered with Horizons and the Iowa City Community School District to provide free meals and snacks to any child age 1-18 at three area locations this summer.

This summer, meals and snacks and will be served at the following city facilities:

Mercer Aquatic Center – 2701 Bradford Drive Free Lunch served from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday from June 10 to August 1. Free snack served at 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday from June 10 to August 1.

The Senior Center – 28 S. Linn Street. Free lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday from June 10 to August 23.

Iowa City Public Library – 123 S. Linn Street. Free snack served at 3 p.m. Monday-Friday from June 10 to August 2. There are no income requirements or registration. Anyone age 1 to 18 may come eat for free. Adult meals are available for $4 each. For more information, contact Senior Center Coordinator LaTasha DeLoach at 319-356-5220

In North Liberty

Meal times are 11:30A-12:15 PM
Activity Times are 12:15-1:00 PM

The lunch and activities will take place at Ranshaw House next to the NL Community Center (see map)

Lunch and activities will be outside most of the time, but there is a basement room at the NL Community Center reserved for inclement weather.

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In Coralville

Summer Lunch Sacks help ensure that families in Coralville have access to healthy, wholesome food during the summer, when there is no school lunch to rely on for meals. The Lunch Sack program is a partnership between Coralville Parks and Recreation and Coralville Community Food Pantry.

What’s Included?

Lunch Sacks include simple step meal components to supplement summer meals in your home.


Any family that lives in Coralville is eligible to pick up free Lunch Sacks on each distribution date throughout the summer months.
How to Sign Up?

  • Download and fill out a 2019 Summer Lunch Sack Program registration form (PDF)
  • Make a copy of a utility bill or other mail for proof of Coralville residency
  • Return completed form and proof of residency to return to:
  • Return form at least 15 days before the next distribution day

Summer 2019 Distribution Dates

Registered participants can pick up their Lunch Sacks at the Coralville Recreation Center, 1506 8th St. (across from Northwest Junior High) from 2:30-6:00 pm on the following dates:
June 5, June 19, July 10, July 24, August 7, and August 21, 2019