Picnic & Play Returns for 2021 Summer Schedule


The Waukee Community Schools Nutrition Services Department will provide an opportunity for families to pick up free breakfast and lunch for children under the age of 18 once again this summer. The Picnic and Play meals program will run from June 7 through August 6. Friday’s meal pickup will include breakfast and lunch for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To view the updated menu, click here.

In an effort to ease the burden on Iowa families and get food out to the students who need it at this critical time, the Iowa Department of Education has received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides flexibility for schools and organizations distributing meals through the Summer Food Service Program during the COVID-19 outbreak. Meals will be served grab and go style and children do not have to be present when caregivers pick up meals. Waukee Community School District handed out 46,710 meals in the summer of 2020.

Meal locations

Windfield West Apartments
75 SE Windfield Pkwy, Waukee, by the tennis courts
Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Sun Prairie Apartments
6137 Vista Drive, West Des Moines
Parking lot behind the building nearest 60th street and Vista Drive
Enter at 6107 Vista Drive
Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Waukee High School
555 SE University Avenue
Bus lane
Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers to help serve children and families. If you’re interested in volunteering for the Picnic & Play meal program, click here.

Take-Home Activities

For a look at the take-home activities available for pickup, click here.