Summer Lunch Program

Summer should be a stress-free time for parents and kids. Let our Summer Meal Program help. The Summer Meals Program is available all summer long, Monday-Friday at various times around the lunch hour!

Our LUNCH program is open to ALL kids and teens 18 and under. FREE, healthy meals are available at sites across the Gallatin Valley.   We offer a safe, supervised location where your kids and teens can stay active and spend time with friends while enjoying healthy meals.

Meals served are tasty, follow USDA nutrition guidelines, and help ALL families save money. There is no application to fill out or proof of income needed. Just show up and enjoy a meal.

Please join us at one of our following meal sites or text “food” to 877 877 for a site near you.

2020 Summer Lunch Facts
  • During the Months of June, July, and August we served 29,115 Breakfast and Lunch meals to area kids.
  • Community Volunteers Shared 1,333 hours of their time to help prepare and distribute meals. That is equivalent to 3 full-time staff members.
  • Thanks to Root Cellar Foods we were able to utilize 579 pounds of local produce.

Site Information

  • Beall ParkLunch Served Monday to Friday from 11:15 – 12:15 pm – Served next to the pavilion on the corner of East Villard and North Bozeman. (415 North Bozeman)
  • Bozeman Public LibraryLunch Served Monday to Friday from 12:00-1:00 pm– Served by the main entrance at the top of the front circle. (626 East Main)
  • Gallatin Valley Food Bank – Lunch pick up Monday-Friday from 1-4pm. – Distributed with food box drive through.
  • Irving SchoolLunch Served Monday to Friday from 12:00-1:00 pm – Served by the school’s main entrance on West Alderson just west of the garden beds near the playground. (611 South 8th)
  • Kirk Park– Lunch Served Monday to Friday from 11:30-12:30 pm– Served under the trees next to the Beall St parking lot. (2000 West Beall)
  • MSU Family and Graduate Housing – Lunch Served Monday to Friday from 12:00-1:00 pm – NEW LOCATION for 2020 Served at the playground on the corner of w. Garfield and Paisley Court. 
  • Story Mill Park – Lunch served Monday- Friday from 12-1.  Served under the  pavilion in front (just south) of the Learning Garden garden.
  • Walton Homestead Park– Lunch served Monday-Friday from 12-1. Served next o the playground just south of the scrubby’s car wash on the corner of 15th and Juniper. 

Free meals will be available in

  • Belgrade
  • Big Sky
  • Three Forks
  • West Yellowstone

Information about time and locations will be available in early May. 

Join our Team

Summer Lunch could not operate without a a dedicated team of volunteers.  Volunteers help with food prep and serve lunches to kiddos at meals sites.

If you would like to volunteer for Summer Lunch please make an account with our online volunteer platform HERE look for the teal “sign up” button located in the top right corner.

All volunteers must complete the 1 hour volunteer training done on Zoom.  You may register for a training HERE.

The HRDC Summer Lunch Program is a rewarding internship and AmeriCorps opportunity.  These positions involve food preparations for summer meals sites, delivering/serving and supervising meal distribution and supporting volunteers in a variety of tasks.  Fast-paced and fun environment involves a good chunk of time on your feet.  Summer lunch works as a team with a mix of volunteers, interns, AmeriCorps VISTA’s and Fork & Spoon staff in a kitchen environment and outdoors for meal service.

Summer Lunch provides nutritionally-balanced meals to local children during the summer months at 9 meals sites across Bozeman.  Serving approximately 450-500 children per day. We are a fun, fast paced and team oriented.

To get involved with an internship, AmeriCorps opportunity or a staff position please contact Lyra Leigh-Nedbor at or by phone at 406-586-7600.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) runs throughout the summer months providing FREE meals to all kids and teen 18 and under; Gallatin Valley Food Bank is the local sponsor for the Montana Office of Public Instruction to provide this program in Gallatin County.

In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

The Summer Meals Program is brought to you by HRDC


HRDC is a 501(c)3 non-profit Community Action Agency. We provide programs and services in the areas of housing, food and nutrition, child and youth development, senior empowerment, transportation, energy assistance, and community development.



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