Recreation & Nutrition Drop-In Program

Recreation & Nutrition Drop-In Program

For eight weeks each year, from the end of June through the middle of August, Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront offers a FREE Recreation & Nutrition drop-in program every Monday-Friday at several locations in Burlington. This unique program offers children from low-income households in Burlington the opportunity to explore their community in these areas:



Participants interact with their local gardens by picking and trying fresh produce and visiting the teaching garden at Starr Farm Park.

Field Trips

Designed to help participants gain a greater sense of community, field trips can include places such as ECHO, Mazza’s berry picking, swimming at North Beach, Shelburne Farms, visiting local parks, and more.


Activities include arts & crafts, STEM projects, performances, sports, aquatics, music, and nature based learning.


Each day includes organized programming, run by BPRW staff, centered around a meal provided by the Burlington School Food Project. All sites are drop-in and no registration is necessary.

All sites run from June 20, 2023 – August 11, 2023

Daytime Programs

Monday 12:00-3:30 PM & Tuesday-Friday 9:30 AM- 3:30 PM (Meal served at 12)

  • Riverside*
  • Franklin Square*
  • South Meadow

*in collaboration with the DREAM program

Evening Program

Monday-Friday 4:00-6:00 PM (Meal served at 5)

  • Roosevelt Park


For a list of ALL the summer locations of the Burlington School Food Project — including dates, locations, and meal times 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.


Apply to work with the Recreation & Nutrition Program this summer and share your passions with kids around the city!

For counselor position at Franklin Square or Riverside, please apply through the DREAM program’s posting found here.

Positions for other sites apply through BPRW, with links below:

Recreation & Nutrition Program Counselor 

Recreation & Nutrition Program Director 

Recreation & Nutrition Program Coordinator 


Find out more about what we do



Special thanks to our partners, who make this program possible!

Burlington School Food Project, Burlington Housing Authority, Champlain Housing Trust, Pomerleau Family Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, Fletcher Free Library, DREAM, and the Greater Burlington YMCA.

In addition, our program could not exist without our financial donors, including

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