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.
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.
SCHEDULE & LOCATIONS
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.
**Example schedule from 2022 below. 2023 updates coming soon.**
Lunch 11am-2pm (Meal served at 12)
- South Meadow
- Franklin Square
Snack 3pm-5pm (Meal served at 3:30)
- CP Smith
- Franklin Square
Dinner 4pm-6:30pm (Meal served at 5)
- Roosevelt Park
FREE MEALS AROUND VT
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 www.burlingtonschoolfoodproject.org
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. Thank you to our continued supporters. Join their ranks and