The city's summer food program offers fresh, nutritious lunches to children under 18.

The city’s summer food program offers fresh, nutritious lunches to children under 18.

The City of Beaumont will host the Summer Food Program at sites throughout city beginning June 9. The program is a joint effort with the Texas State Department of Agriculture, and is designed to provide a free lunch to children 18 and younger who, during the summer months, might not get a balanced meal. Lunches will be served every weekday from Monday, June 9, through Friday, Aug. 15, except July 4.

The city’s partners also include the Beaumont Public Libraries and Texas Smiles Dental Center. Library staff will visit one site each week and distribute books to kids. Books & Bites will run the duration of the program. Texas Smiles will visit one site per week and provide dental health lessons, including instruction on brushing, flossing, and nutrition.

There is no registration required. All meals must be eaten on-site, and second meals are encouraged. In order to ensure that we have meals for everyone, large groups should 409-838-1902 at least one day in advance.

The program has been running for nearly two decades, and lunches are carefully planned to provide nutritious meals that are appealing to children. “This program provides vital nutrition services to children over the summer,” said Deborah Queen, Outreach Coordinator for the city. “We encourage local families who may be challenged in getting balanced meals to their children during the summer months to take advantage of this great service.”

Meal sites are located throughout the city.

  • Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church (outreach building area), 3210 Elmira, 10:45 am-12:45 pm
  • Perlstein Park, 8900 Landis Dr., 11 am –1 pm
  • Northridge Apartments, 4155 Maida, 11:15 am – 1:15 pm
  • Pointe North Apartments, 3710 Magnolia, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Magnolia Park, 2930 Gulf, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Alice Keith Park, 4075 Highland Ave., 11:30 – 1:30 pm
  • Sprott Park, 4325 Usan, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Roberts Park, 2755 Ave. C, 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
  • Central Park, 640 South Fourth, 12 pm – 2 pm