Manchester's summer meals program for kids is open

July 04. 2018 10:54AM
From left, Sibit Kiir, Jon Manheim and Jenna Merritt of Southern New Hampshire Services set up for lunch at Hunt Pool in Manchester in 2013 as part of SNHS' summer food program. For summer 2018, the program will run through Friday, Aug. 31. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER FILE PHOTO)

MANCHESTER - To help keep children healthy while school is out, Southern New Hampshire Services is providing free meals to kids during the summer.

The meals are served at a number of locations throughout the city and, in most cases, served Monday through Friday. The program will run through Friday, Aug. 31. No meals will be served Wednesday due to the Fourth of July holiday.

Anyone age 18 or younger may come to eat. There are no income requirements or registration, though meals must be consumed on site.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like Southern New Hampshire Services to provide the Summer Food Services Program to children. SNHS has been sponsoring these free meals for 16 years. The program's goal is to help ensure that at-risk youth eat at least one nutritious meal each day when school lunch programs close for the summer.

The meal sites are:

Elmwood Gardens 83 Trahan St.

Breakfast: 9-10 a.m.

Lunch: noon-1 p.m.

SNHS WIC Clinic 40 Pine St.

Breakfast: 8:30-10 a.m.

Lunch: noon-3 p.m.

Manchester PAL 409 Beech St.

Lunch: 1-2 p.m.

Harriman Park Lake Avenue and Hall Street

Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-noon

Center Park 22 Beech Hill Drive

Lunch: noon-12:30 p.m.

Dinner: 5:45-6:15 p.m.

Prout Park Jewett and Young streets

Lunch: 12:45-1:15 p.m.

Hunt Pool 297 Maple St.

Lunch: 1:15-2:15 p.m.

Rock Rimmon Pool 249 Mason St.

Lunch: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Adventure Park 324 Lincoln St.

Dinner: 4:15-4:45 p.m.

Sweeney Park 132 Walker St.

Dinner: 4:15-4:45 p.m.

Kelly Falls Apartments 463 Kimball St.

Dinner: 5-5:30 p.m.

Maple Street Apartments 138 Maple St.

Dinner: 5-5:30 p.m.

Beech Street School Park 275 Beech St.

Dinner: 5:45-6:15 p.m.

Beech Hill Apartments 120 Beech Hill St.

Dinner: 5:45-6:15 p.m.

Central High School 207 Lowell St.

Lunch: noon-12:30 p.m.

West High School 9 Notre Dame Ave.

Lunch: noon-12:30 p.m.

Memorial High School 1 Crusader Way

Lunch: noon-12:30 p.m.

Center for New Americans 72 Concord St. (through Aug. 26)

Lunch: (Monday): noon-3 p.m.

Dinner (Monday): 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Lunch (Thursday): noon-3 p.m.

Site locations and times might be adjusted during the course of the summer.

In addition to this list, free meals also are provided at several Manchester-based summer enrichment programs. The complete list of meal sites, including sites in Nashua, Portsmouth, Derry and Seabrook, is available at

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