Providence offers free Summer breakfast and lunch

City of Providence Offers Free Summer Breakfast and Lunch through USDA Summer Meals Program

Program to provide over 175,000 meals to Providence children at neighborhood recreation centers, parks, and community organizations

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, joined by U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Department of Agriculture-North East Regional Office Administrator Kurt Messner, RI Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, RI Department of Human Services Director Melba De Peña-Affigne, RI Department of Education Child Nutrition Administrator Steve Carey, National Parks and Recreation Association Senior Program Manager Kellie May, New England Patriots Alumni Jermaine Wiggins, New England Dairy and Food Council, Greater Providence YMCA, and other local partners and representatives, kicked off Providence’s participation in the federal Summer Food Service Program (Summer Meals). The celebration also included cultural dance and music performances by local groups and opportunities for kids to play and learn on the YMCA’s Y on the Move inflatable obstacle course and the Fuel Up to Play 60 truck.

"Providence’s summer lunch program ensures that all children in our city have access to healthy meals when school lets out,” said Mayor Elorza. “We invite children and their caretakers to visit their local park and recreation center in neighborhoods throughout the city so children can play, learn, and enjoy a free, nutritious meal.”

The City of Providence Parks Department, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Department of Education, serves free and nutritious meals to all children and teens, 18 and under through the Summer Meal Program, which ensures children receive healthy meals when school is out. This year, Providence will serve lunches at 33 neighborhood parks, recreation centers, pools and waterparks; and both breakfast and lunch at an additional 60+ summer camps, faith-based, and community-based organizations.

“USDA’s summer meals programs ensure kids and teens have consistent access to healthy meals at no cost during the summer months and provide nourishment for kids to learn and grow” said Kurt Messner, USDA NERO Regional Administrator. “Summer is a crucial time for children and teens to continue pursuing their highest potential. Unfortunately for millions of children across the country, food insecurity threatens their ability to thrive when school lets out for summer and they no longer receive nutritious meals throughout the school day.”

Over 4,000 meals will be provided daily to Providence children 18 years of age or younger. Meal service will run July 5 through August 19, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in most locations. All City of Providence recreation centers will serve lunches during inclement weather. Times and locations may vary or change, so parents and families should call 2-1-1* to find a summer meal site in their neighborhood. Meals must be eaten on-site.

The City of Providence’s Summer Meals will be served at the following locations and times:

Elmhurst · Valley · Mt. Pleasant
· Fargnoli Park                                    12:00pm-2:00pm                              Smith Street (Across 950 Smith St.)
· George J. West Park                     12:15pm-2:15pm                              Chalkstone/ Mt.Pleasant Avenue
· Davis Park                                         11:30am-1:30pm                              700 Chalkstone Avenue
· O’Brien Park                                    11:15am-1:15pm                              Corner of Regent St./River Avenue

Federal Hill · West End
· Zuccolo Rec Center                       12:15pm-2:15pm                              18 Gesler Street
· Dexter Training Ground              11:00am-1:00pm                              73 Dexter Street
· Wiggins Village                                11:15am-1:15pm                              207 Cranston Street
· Codding Court PHA                       11:30am-1:30pm                              144 Dodge Street

South Side
· Ellery Park                                         11:00am-1:00pm                              Ellery Street (Across 84 Ellery St.)
· Sackett St Rec Center                  12:15pm-2:15pm                              110 Sackett Street
· Harriet and Sayles Park               11:45am-1:45pm                              199 Oxford Street
· Rollins Rec Center/Pool              12:00pm-2:00pm                              674 Prairie Avenue
· Mattie Smith Playground           11:15am-1:15pm                              Glenham and Taylor Street
· Pearl Street Playground              11:45am-1:45pm                              Pearl and Providence Street
· Jennifer Rivera Park                     11:30am-1:30pm                              40 Niagara Street
· DHS Headquarters                        10:45am-12:45pm                            206 Elmwood Avenue
· Peace and Plenty                           11:00am-1:00pm                              Peace and Updike Street
· Davey Lopes Rec Center             12:00pm-2:00pm                              227 Dudley Street
· McGrane Pool (West End Rec Center)                     12:15pm-2:15pm                              404 Dexter Street

Charles · Wanskuck · Smith Hill
· Selim-Rogers Rec Center            12:00pm-2:00pm                              60 Camden Avenue
· General St./Prov Rec HQ            11:45am-1:45pm                              11 West Drive
· Chad Brown Waterpark              12:15pm-2:15pm                              Chad Brown Street
· Metcalf Field                                   11:15am-1:15pm                              Across from 200 Hawkins Street
· Corliss Park                                       11:00am-1:00pm                              30 Corliss Street

East Side              
· Fox Point Park                                 11:45am-1:45pm                              Wickenden Street (Across B/G Club)
· Billy Taylor Playground                                11:30am-1:30pm                              Camp Street (Across 135 Camp St.)

Olneyville · Hartford ·Silver Lake
· Riverside Park                                 11:15am-1:15pm                              50 Aleppo Street
· Donigian Park                                  10:45am-12:45pm                            Valley Street
· Hartford Park                                  11:00am-1:00pm                              Across 300 Hartford Avenue
· Joslin Park & Rec Center             11:30am-1:30pm                              17 Hyat Street
· Neutaconkanut Rec Center       11:45am-1:45pm                              675 Plainfield Street
· Manton Heights                             12:30pm-2:00pm                              21 Salmon Street
· Wallace Street Park                      12:00pm-2:00pm                              Corner of Wallace and Cumerford

Rainy Day Locations:
· Vincent Brown Rec Center        11:30am-1:30pm                              438 Hope Street (rain site only)
· Selim-Rogers Rec Center            12:00pm-2:00pm                              60 Camden Avenue
· Zuccolo Rec Center                       12:15pm-2:15pm                              18 Gesler Street
· Neutaconkanut Rec Center       11:45am-1:45pm                              675 Plainfield Street
· Sackett Street Rec Center          12:15pm-2:15pm                              159 Sackett Street
· John H. Rollins Rec Center         12:00pm-2:00pm                              674 Prairie Avenue
· Davey Lopes Rec Center             12:00pm-2:00pm                              227 Dudley Street
· Joslin Park & Rec Center             11:30am-1:30pm                              17 Hyat Street
· West End Rec Center                   12:15pm-2:15pm                              109 Bucklin Street

(release from City of Providence) 

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