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Cincinnati is answering child hunger. Check out these free summer food distribution sites for kids in Cincinnati.

Free summer food sites are incredible resources that fight hunger. In 2022, 1 in 5 Black people in the US experienced food insecurity (Feeding America). Take advantage of these resources and visit these summer meal programs in 2024.

Are you struggling to find free meals for children? Are you looking for places where a child can receive a free meal this summer? Check out this list of sites that are distributing free summer food to youth.

Below is a list of free summer food programs in Cincinnati. Many places are eligible for everyone, but check with the meal sites beforehand. Feel free to use this free summer meal finder provided by the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce.

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Free Summer Food Distribution in Cincinnati

UMC Ministry with the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library

Avondale, Bond Hill, Cheviot, College Hill, Covedale, Deer Park, Elmwood Place, Groesbeck, Madisonville, Northside, Price Hill, St. Bernard, Walnut Hills, West End, Westwood
859-757-5416
Eligibility: Children ages 1-18 and individuals aged 19-21 with a current Individualized Education Program
Days: Mondays through Fridays
Hours: Varies by location
Free Food Available: Free meals and snacks
Participants must eat in the library. Check each location for specific times.

Cincinnati Recreation Centers

Bush, College Hill, Dunham, Evanston, Lincoln, Madisonville, Mt. Washington, OTR, Pleasant Ridge, Price Hill, Westwood, Winton Hills
Eligibility: Children ages 1-18 and individuals aged 19-21 with a current Individualized Education Program
Days: Monday through Friday
Hours: Varies by location
Free Food Available: Free meals

Young Black girl holding an apple that she got in a free summer food program

Free Summer Food in Central Cincinnati

Bright Star Baptist Church

841 Findlay St, Cincinnati, OH 45214 (West End)
614-797-5916
Eligibility: Children ages 1-18 and individuals aged 19-21 with a current Individualized Education Program
Days: Monday through Friday
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and Noon to 1 p.m.
Free Food Available: Free breakfast and lunch

Mahogany Education

824 Mann Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45229 (Avondale)
513-482-4507
Eligibility:
Children ages 1-18 and individuals aged 19-21 with a current Individualized Education Program
Days: Monday through Friday
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and Noon to 12:30 p.m.
Free Food Available: Free breakfast and lunch

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Free Summer Food in Western Cincinnati

Mt. Healthy High School

8101 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45231 (Mt. Healthy)
937-259-6601
Eligibility: Children ages 1-18 and individuals aged 19-21 with a current Individualized Education Program
Days: Monday through Friday
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Free Food Available: Free breakfast and lunch

Woodlawn Parks and Recreation

10141 Woodlawn Blvd, Cincinnati, OH 45215 (Woodlawn)
513-482-4507
Eligibility:
Children ages 1-18 and individuals aged 19-21 with a current Individualized Education Program
Days: Monday through Friday
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free Food Available: Free breakfast and lunch

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Young Black girl holding a free summer meal
Black and Latino children are twice as likely to experience hunger. These sites are essential to lowering this statistic and are a powerful resource for ensuring Cincinnati’s children’s health.

HHMM Autumn Woods

1920 Colony Drive Cincinnati, OH 45205 (West Price Hill)
440-221-6875

Eligibility: Children ages 1-18 and individuals aged 19-21 with a current Individualized Education Program
Days: Tuesdays
Hours: 11 a.m. to Noon
Free Food Available: Free lunch

Saving Our Youth: Kings and Queens

4848 Winneste Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45232 (Winton Hills)
513-482-4507
Eligibility: Children ages 1-18 and individuals aged 19-21 with a current Individualized Education Program
Days: Monday through Friday
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. & 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Free Food Available: Free breakfast and lunch

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Young Black girl holding vegetables she got from a food pantry

Need help getting fresh fruits and vegetables? Check out these food pantries and soup kitchens in Cincinnati.

Truth and Destiny Covenant Ministries UCC

2645 W North Bend Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45239 (Mt. Airy)
513-967-9562
Eligibility: Children ages 1-18 and individuals aged 19-21 with a current Individualized Education Program
Days: Monday through Friday
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Free Food Available: Free breakfast and lunch

Redefined Studios

9529 Pippin Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231 (Northbrook)
513-967-9562
Eligibility: Children ages 1-18 and individuals aged 19-21 with a current Individualized Education Program
Days: Monday through Friday
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Free Food Available: Free breakfast and lunch

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North College Hill Elementary

6955 Grace Ave, North College Hill, OH 45239 (North College Hill)
513-728-4973
Eligibility: Children ages 1-18 and individuals aged 19-21 with a current Individualized Education Program
Days: Monday through Friday
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Free Food Available: Free breakfast and lunch

Winton Woods High School

1231 W Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45240 (Greenhills)
513-619-2480
Eligibility: Children ages 1-18 and individuals aged 19-21 with a current Individualized Education Program
Days: Breakfast- Monday through Thursday; Lunch- Monday through Friday
Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free Food Available: Free breakfast and lunch

Free Summer Food in Northern Cincinnati

Reading Jr/Sr High School

810 E Columbia Ave, Reading, OH 45215 (Reading)
513-842-5277
Eligibility: Children ages 1-18 and individuals aged 19-21 with a current Individualized Education Program
Days: Monday through Friday
Hours: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Free Food Available: Free lunch

Free Summer Food in Butler County

Civitan Club – Fairfield YMCA

1381 Hunter Rd, Fairfield, OH 45014 (Fairfield)
859-757-5416
Eligibility: Children ages 1-18 and individuals aged 19-21 with a current Individualized Education Program
Days: Monday through Friday
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Free Food Available: Free breakfast and lunch

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Black Father holding Black child with apples
Some neighborhoods in Cincinnati have become food deserts, making it hard for children to get healthy food. Check out these resources to help your child get the necessary food and nutrients.

Resources to fight childhood hunger in our community

Food assistance is possible for those in need. For example, Hamilton County has a food assistance program called SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, that helps families access healthier food. SNAP is designed to help low-income and food-insecure families get more nutritious groceries. Some charities, such as the Children’s Hunger Alliance, specialize in food insecurity advocacy. Children’s Hunger Alliance helps distribute food to schools and other organizations so they can feed hungry children. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of these food programs.

Also, consider hosting a food drive within your community to fight against hunger. Ending child hunger in Cincinnati will be much easier with a collaborative effort. Many organizations are willing to accept donations. Organizations, such as Feeding America, allow you to donate money to help feed hungry children.

Did we miss any summer meal programs in Cincinnati? Please leave a comment and get them added to our Youth Food Distribution list. No child should go hungry this summer. Take advantage of these free food meal sites in Cincinnati.

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