For most children, the idea of summer is exciting! School is out, it’s warm, and the days are longer so you can stay out later playing with friends. Sadly, there are some kids and families for whom the idea of summer brings dread. Many youths and their families rely on free meals at school to help them get by, and when school is not in session, often those kids and their siblings can go hungry. Most communities are aware of this dilemma and trying to help. At Beacon Mental Health, we support this effort by letting families know where they can go for free meals, as well as some free summer programs for youth. The following is a list of summer food sites and a few of the summer event programs that are free to youths and their families. Enjoy!

Summer Food Sites

Line Creek Community Center                        M-F          Lunch 11-Noon    Snack   3:30-4pm     Free

5940 NW Waukomis Dr Kansas City, MO 64151      Platte County      816-513-0760

Islamic Center of Northland                 Fri-Sunday        Lunch 11:30-12:30                               Free

8801 N Central Street Kansas City, MO 64155         Platte County      913-347-3472

Academie Lafayette – Cherry              M-F                        Snacks 3:50-4:20 pm                          Free

3421 Cherry Kansas City, MO 64116            Clay County                           816-363-3819

North Kansas City Community Center – Camp Program    Lunch M-F  11-Noon   Snack 3:30-4pm     Free

3930 NE Antioch Rd Kansas City, MO 64117             Clay County          816-513-7740

Lake Maurer Retreat Center            Every Day    Breakfast 7:30-9;    Snack 5-6:30 pm         Free

901 Lake Maurer Rd. Excelsior Springs, MO 64023   Clay County       816-637-9868

Orrick R-XI School                                 Tue-Fri    Breakfast   7:20-8:20; Lunch 11-12:10      Free

100 Kirkham St. Orrick, MO 64077                Ray County           816-770-0094


Movies In the Park
4th of July Celebrations Kansas City’s 4th of July Guide – KC Parent Magazine
Summer Reading Programs KC’s Summer Reading Programs – KC Parent Magazine
Park List (Not All inclusive) Guide to the Best Parks in Kansas City (
Splash Parks (Free) Best Splash Pads in Kansas City (

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