Where kids 18 and younger can eat free summer meals in Douglas County

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Free summer lunches are available for children at community sites in Lawrence, Baldwin City and Eudora, and one Lawrence site will also start serving breakfasts this week.

“Our community is fortunate to provide summer meal programs for youth,” said Kaitlyn Peine, community health and wellness agent for Douglas County K-State Research and Extension. “The reality is, families with school-aged youth have 12 weeks during the summer months to navigate child-care plans and to provide meals for.”

The Lawrence and Baldwin City school districts host summer meal programs, and the Feeding Eudora program is sponsored through a community collaboration with local organizations providing volunteers and financial support for the program, Peine said in an email.

Here are the details for summer meals in Lawrence, Baldwin City and Eudora.


Lunch is served Monday through Friday and does not have to be eaten on-site. Adults can purchase a lunch for $5 but must pay cash. Access the school district’s public summer lunch menu at this link.

All sites are closed July 4. Dates and times vary by location and are listed below.

• Billy Mills Middle School, 2734 Louisiana St.:

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on weekdays, June 6 – July 29

The school district announced in a tweet Sunday morning that the Billy Mills site will also start serving breakfast from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

• Holcom Park, 2700 W. 27th St.:

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. on weekdays, June 6 – July 29

• Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.:

Noon – 1 p.m. on weekdays,  June 6 – Aug. 5

Baldwin City

Baldwin City schools will prepare weekly breakfast and lunch bundles for pickup on Wednesdays, but meals must be preordered one week in advance. Reservations are preferred in order to guarantee enough meals for everyone.

Preorder a 5- or 7-day bundle by 9 a.m. each Wednesday for the following week’s meals at this link on the Baldwin City schools’ website.

Pickups are scheduled for the following upcoming Wednesdays: June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20 and July 27. Pick up bundles between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m in the north bus lane of the Baldwin Elementary Intermediate Center, 100 Bullpup Drive.

Feeding Eudora

Lunch is served on-site from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at CPA Park, 10 W. Ninth St.

For daily menus and more information, visit Feeding Eudora on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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