How we serve.


Our Mission

Columbus Recreation and Parks' Summer Food Program offers free, nutritionally balanced meals during the Summer months at our community centers along with other various locations. (Dates and times can vary.) Last Summer, over 500,000 meals were served at over 230 locations in the Columbus area. These meals are served to anyone between the ages of 1–18. Meals are also available for anyone ages 18-21 who have been determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and involved in an independent education program.

We are committed to providing safe locations for children to eat, play and learn. It is our belief that all children and youth deserve healthy meals and the chance to keep learning when school is not is session.
— Tony Collins, Director of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department


servING “local Chef” food while raising funds for children

A giant strawberry food truck will be at high profile events this summer and feature “local chefs” preparing meals for audiences to purchase. You can find these sweet and savory delicacies at Rhythm on the River, a free event, featuring music in Bicentennial Park on June 2, 23, July 14 and August 25th. The food truck will be selling desserts at Jazz & Rib Fest July 21-23!     

Proceeds from the meals sold at the Strawberry Food Truck support Go, Lunch! 

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.