By Andrew Alter, Communications Extern

Many Philadelphia caregivers rely on school meals  to keep children well nourished during the school year. When schools are closed, finding affordable food can be hard.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation offers free youth meals on select days during the 2021 winter break and 2022 spring break. The meals are free  for children and teens up to 18 years old. No ID required, and meals are available on a first come, first serve basis. All meals must be eaten on-site.

Many Parks & Rec sites will serve meals  on the following days:

  • December 27, 2021
  • December 28, 2021
  • December 29, 2021
  • December 30, 2021
  • January 3, 2022
  • February 1, 2022
  • April 11, 2022
  • April 12, 2022
  • April 13, 2022
  • April 14, 2022

Families can call their nearest participating recreation center to confirm hours of service. 

Participating Sites:

Site Name Address Zip Code
12th & Cambria St. 2901 N 12th St. 19133
8th & Diamond Playground 2032-62 N 8th St. 19122
American Legion Playground 6201 Torresdale Ave 19135
Amos Playground 1817 N 16th St. 19121
Athletic Recreation Center 1400 N 26th St. 19121
Boyle Playground 13049 Kelvin Ave 19116
Bridesburg Recreation Center 4601 Richmond St. 19111
Capitolo Playground 900 Federal Street 19147
Cecil B Moore Recreation Center 2551 N 22nd St. 19132
Chew Playground 1833 Ellsworth St 19146
Christy Rec Center 728 S. 55th street 19143
Cione Playground 2600 Aramingo Ave. 19125
Cohocksink Recreation Center 2901 Cedar St. 19134
Columbus Square Playground 1200 Wharton St 19147
Cruz Recreation Center 6th & Master Sts 19122
D Rump/Mallery Rec Center 100 E Johnson St 19144
DiSilvestro Playground 1701 S. 15th Street 19145
Donald Finnegan Playground 1231 S 30th St 19145
Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center 8500 Pickering AVE. 19150
East Passyunk Community Ctr 1025-33 Mifflin St 19148
East Poplar Playground 820 N. 8th Street 19123
Feltonville Recreation Center 231 E Wyoming Ave. 19120
Ferko Playground 1101 E Cayuga St 19124
Fishtown Rec 1202 E. Montgomery ave 19125
Fitzpatrick 3500 Academy Road 19154
Fox Chase Rec Center 7901 Ridgeway St 19111
Francis Myers Recreation Center 5801 Kingsessing Ave. 19143
Francisville Rec Center 1737 Francis St 19130
Gifford Playground 575 Tomlinson Rd. 19116
Guerin Recreation Center 2201 S. 16TH Street 19145
Hank Gathers Recreation Center 2501 W. Diamond St. 19121
Happy Hollow Recreation Center 4800 Wayne AVE. 19144
Hawthorne Rec Center 1200 Caprenter St 19147
Hillside Rec Center 201 Fountain St 19128
Houseman Recreation Center 5091 Summerdale Ave. 19124
James Finnegan Playground 6801 Grovers Ave 19142
James Wright Recreation 3320 Haverford Ave. 19104
Jardel Recreation Center 1400 Cottman St 19111
Jerome Brown Playground 1919 W. Ontario St. 19140
Kingsessing Rec Center 4901 Kingsessing Ave 19143
Lackman Playground 1101 Bartlett St. 19115
Lawncrest Rec Center 6000 Rising Sun Ave 19111
Lee Cultural Center 4328 Haverford Ave 19104
Lower Mayfair Rec Center 3015 Robbins Ave 19149
Marian Anderson Rec Center 740 S 17th St 19146
Max Myers Playground 1601 Hellerman St 19149
Mayfair Rec Center 2990 St Vincent St 19149
McVeigh Rec Center 400 E Ontario St 19134
Michael Palmer Playground 2951 Comly Road 19154
Miles Mack Playground 732 N 36th St 19104
Mitchell Playground 3700 Whitehall Lane 19114
Mt. Airy Playground 7001 Germantown Ave. 19119
Northern Liberties Rec Center 321 Fairmount Ave 19123
Palumbo Rec Center 725 S 10th St 19147
Pelbano 2138 Solly St 19152
Penrose Playground 1101 W. Susquehanna Ave. 19122
Piccoli Playground 4359 Castor Ave. 19124
Ramp Playground 3300 Solly Ave 19136
Roberto Clemente Playground 1800 Wallace St 19130
Roosevelt Playground 6455 Walker St 19135
Russo Park Playground 7321 Torresdale Ave 19136
Sayre Morris Recreation Center 5835 Spruce St. 19139
Schmidt Playground 113 W. Ontario St. 19111
Shepard Rec Center 5700 Haverford Ave 19139
Shot Tower Playground 131 Carpenter St 19147
Simpson Recreation Center 1010 Arrott St 19124
Smith Playground 2100 S. 24th St. 19145
Stenton Park 4600 N 16th St. 19140
Sturgis Playground 200 65th Ave. 19126
Torresdale Recreation Center 9550 Frankford Ave. 19114
Towey Recreation Center 1832 N Howard St. 19122
Vare Recreation Center 2600 Morris St. 19145
Vogt Rec Center 6700 Cottage St 19135
Water Tower 209 Hartwell Lane 19118
Wharton Square Rec Center 2300 Wharton Street 19146
Winchester Playground 2332 N 15th St. 19132

Winter Meals at Parks & Recreation sites are federally funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.