Recreation & Nutrition Drop-In Program

Recreation & Nutrition Drop-In Program

From June 26th through August 18th, Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront offers a Recreation & Nutrition Drop-In Program every Monday-Friday, from 11AM-2PM.

Join us at any of our three locations for lunch:

  • Franklin Square
  • Riverside Apartments
  • South Meadows Apartments

This year, we will also be serving dinner at Roosevelt Park from 3PM-6PM each night. There will also be a “traveling grill” to these locations for added summer bbq fun!

There are no fees or enrollment required and all staff-led activities are free. The Burlington Summer Meals Program provides free lunch and snack for kids daily and additionally kids take weekly field trips.

A growing number of families are in need of this program. Family food budgets that rely on school breakfast and lunch are stretched in the summer and put children at risk of food insecurity. We believe a comprehensive approach is necessary to address the increasing number of families facing this risk. In response, we not only offer the same meals that children receive at school, but we are also offering nutrition education, fitness activities and opportunities to garden.

Please see the flyer below for ALL the locations of the Burlington Summer Meals Program — including dates, locations, and meal times. For more information, call 802-864-8416 or visit

Dial 2-1-1 for statewide information on free summer lunches for kids across Vermont.

Text “mealsVT”  to 8770877 for information on lunch sites nearest you.




In 2015, the program served over 3,855 free lunches to over 200 Burlington children, averaging 98 lunches served daily.


2017 GOALS

  • Physical Activity
  • Nutrition Education
  • Parent Involvement
  • Community Resources


Field Trips

Designed to help participants gain a greater sense of community. Coordinators at each site collaborate to offer opportunities to discover Burlington’s beautiful parks and helpful community resources. Past trips included visits to the ECHO Lake Aquarium, Mazza’s berry picking, swimming at North Beach, reading at the Fletcher Free Library and more.



Nutrition Activities

The program’s comprehensive approach to nutrition education is comprised of daily hands on activities and nutritious meals, provided by the Burlington School Food Project that meet the USDA’s Child Nutrition Guidelines. Their mission is to connect students and their families with whole, fresh, and local foods to improve student learning about nutrition and the health of our community.




Through lessons from experienced horticulturalists, the children plan, plant,
maintain and harvest the local garden at the BACG site at Star Farm Park. These activities connect the children to their environment and the food they eat.



This project is made possible through collaboration with the Burlington Housing Authority.