Summer Meal Program

Summer Food Service

What is the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)?

The Summer Food Service Program was created to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast.  This program helps children get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like West Des Moines Community Schools to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. For more information about the national Summer Food Service Program, visit

2020 Summer Meal Service Information

WDMCS will serve summer meals at three grab-and-go meal sites, starting Tuesday, June 2.

  • Dates: June 2-Aug. 13
  • Times: noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Summer Grab-and-Go Meal Sites  
    • Valley High School
    • Stilwell Junior High
    • Crestview School of Inquiry

Grab-and-Go Guidelines

  • Signage directing traffic will be posted at each location.
  • Boxes with 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches will be provided for each child.
  • Vehicles will need to enter drive-thru lines as directed and open their trunk or back hatch for boxes to be placed in vehicle.
  • Driver will then need to pull forward and exit vehicle to shut trunk or hatch.
  • Staff will not be allowed to touch vehicles to open or shut trunks and hatches. Staff will be required to keep a 6-foot distance from all vehicle occupants.

Parent/guardians can pick up meals for children 1-18 from any of the WDMCS summer meal sites. No identification or registration is required, other than stating the name of your child.

Summer Home Delivery

Summer home delivery will remain on Monday and Wednesdays.

Sign Up for Summer Home Meal Delivery

Waiver Extension

The WDMCS Summer Meal Service was made possible by the extension of three nationwide waivers by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). Extending the waivers through Aug. 31 gives child nutrition programs the flexibility they need to continue to feed children while promoting social distancing and keeping families safe.

For families, the waivers mean:

  • WDMCS can serve grab-and-go meals to support social distancing (Non-Congregate Feeding waiver)
  • parent/guardians can pick up meals and bring them home to children (Parent Pickup waiver)
  • WDMCS can provide multiple days worth of meals at one time (Meal Times waiver)

WDMCS Nutrition Services Department upholds the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission Nondiscrimination Statement, and the WDMCS Non-Discrimination Policy.