About Kids' Meals

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The mission of Kids’ Meals, Inc. is to end hunger among children by delivering nutritious meals to the doors of preschool children in need, free of cost, every weekday, year round. As the nations only meals-on-wheels service for children, we provide healthy, home-delivered lunches to hungry children under the age of five who live in poverty.

Kids’ Meals is bridging the gap for children ages 1-5 who are not old enough yet to receive free breakfast and lunch in school.

The meals-on-wheels program concept for preschool-aged children originated in the early 1980s. Kids' Meals, as it exists today, was created in 2006 when the charity began servicing two routes; on Houston's North and East sides of town.

With the tremendous support of an established Board of Directors, Advisory Board and community supporters, Kids’ Meals has made significant progress towards building an organization to feed hungry children for many years to come. In September 2010, under the direction of Ruth Burrell, Executive Director, Kids' Meals reached an important milestone; the number of children served increased 17% from 1,200 to 1,400 daily and then over the next two years, Kids’ Meals increased the number of children served again from 1,400 to 1,700 daily. This growth is due to effective leveraging of community volunteers, partnerships with foundations, corporations and community organizations.

In January 2014, Ruth Burrell passed the Executive Director torch to Cristina Vetrano. This change is part of our long-term strategic plan to ensure Kids' Meals can serve our community for years to come.  

Kids’ Meals does not simply provide lunches, we also assist families by:

  • Providing bags of groceries containing nutritious food items such as fruits and vegetables
  • Delivering Thanksgiving turkey baskets
  • Hosting Christmas parties, where children meet Santa and receive food and toys
  • Organizing drives to provide hygiene items, school supplies and other necessities
  • Offering family resource referrals for meal and budget planning, assistance obtaining medical resources, counseling and even assistance with GED’s

Kids’ Meals has made incredible strides toward achieving the goal of servicing 3,500 children per day by 2016, but there is still a lot of work to do to get there.  Kids’ Meals will help in the fight to end hunger among children in Houston with your help! 


Check out our latest Kids' Meals 2013 Annual Report

Food For Thought

Texas, unfortunately, is number one in our nation for food insecurity for children, according to The Houston Food Bank.  In Harris County, there is an estimated poverty rate of 16.4% for individuals, but children under five are disproportionately affected by a poverty rate of 25.7% ...at 28.2% - 1,871,600 children are living in food insecure homes.

(CHILDREN AT RISK, Growing up in Houston 2008-2010)."


Kids' Meals is a 501(c)3 non profit, community based organization, serving healthy lunches to over 1,700 hungry pre-school aged children, living in poverty. We provide and deliver nutritious meals, free of cost to the families, Monday through Friday, year-round.

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Temporary Main Office & Distribution Center

Houston Food Bank

535 Portwall St.

Houston, TX 77029

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 10879

Houston, TX 77206

Main Phone: 713-695-5437

Toll Free: 800-566-0084
Fax: 713-695-7544

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


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