The last summer meal service is on Aug. 28, 2020 to allow food and nutrition staff and facilities time to transition to serve more than 20,000 students when school begins on Sept. 8.  Click here to find more information about where to find meals during the school year.

For food assistance in the interim, click on Family Resource Guide and scroll down to Food Assistance.

Des Moines Public Schools has provided more than a million meals to hungry children since school buildings closed in mid-March. The district servea high-quality, nutritious meals to children in the community ages 1 – 18.  The meal sites are open weekdays from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM through Aug. 28. Extra food is provided on Fridays for the weekend.

EXTENDED SUMMER MEALS SITES (now closed)

  • Harding Middle School, 203 East Euclid Ave.
  • Hoyt Middle School, 2700 East 42nd St.
  • McCombs Middle School, 201 County Line Road
  • Meredith Middle School, 4827 Madison Ave.
  • Merrill Middle School, 5301 Grand Ave.
  • Weeks Middle School, 901 East Park Ave.


If you would like to donate to the effort to feed students through the weekend, please find an online donation form, here.

Checks may also be sent to:
DMPS Food and Nutrition
c/o Jessica Buchheit
2100 Fleur Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50321


Funding for breakfast and lunch is through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Des Moines Public Schools. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or ability.

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complain of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call 866-632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax 202-690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact the USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

The Des Moines Independent Community School district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), martial status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. In addition, the district prohibits acts of intolerance or any form of harassment toward employees or students. for information regarding procedures for discrimination complaints, contact Mary Grinstead, 2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321; phone: 515-242-7664; email: mary.grinstead@dmschools.org.