This summer, from June through August, Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront will be offering a Recreation & Nutrition Drop-In Program. It will happen every Monday-Friday, from 11AM-2PM. Join us at any of our four locations: Franklin Square, Riverside Apartments, Baird Center, or Roosevelt Park.
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.
WHAT WE’VE DONE TO HELP
In 2015, the program served over 3,855 free lunches to over 200 Burlington children, averaging 98 lunches served daily.
- Physical Activity
- Nutrition Education
- Parent Involvement
- Community Resources
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.
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.