City of Providence Offering Free Summer Breakfast and Lunch
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City of Providence Offering Free Summer Breakfast and Lunch

Program provides more than 4,000 daily meals to Providence children at neighborhood recreation centers, parks and community organizations.

Mayor Angel Taveras, joined by Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots, the New England Patriots Cheerleaders and representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, yesterday kicked off Providence's participation in the federal Summer Meal Program.

The Providence Parks Department serves free, nutritious meals to all kids and teens, 18 and under through the Summer Meal Program, which ensures children receive meals when school is out.

"Children need good nutrition and healthy foods throughout the year," said Mayor Angel Taveras. "Providing children with nutritious food during the summer months helps ensure they are ready to learn during the school year."

The federal program, which is administered by the Department of Parks and Recreation in conjunction with the Rhode Island Department of Education, serves free breakfast and lunch at 31 area recreation centers, pools, water parks and community organizations.

"With our great partnerships here in Providence and with the State of Rhode Island, summer meals increased last year in Rhode Island by 20 percent - to over 33,000 meals served," said James Arena-DeRosa, Northeast Regional Administrator, USDA Food and Nutrition Service. "We can and we must do better. No child should go hungry this summer, and together we need to reach more of the kids who are eligible for this important program."

The summer meal kickoff event included opportunities for kids to play and learn on the Y On the Move inflatable obstacle course and the Fuel Up to Play 60 truck. On behalf of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, Devin McCourty, safety and defensive co-captain for the New England Patriots attended as a special guest, and addressed attendees.

"As a professional football player in the NFL, I understand the importance of fueling up with nutrient-rich foods such as low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains all year long and not just during the season," said Devin McCourty, safety for the New England Patriots. "I'm happy I could be here today to talk to these kids about why making good choices throughout the summer will ultimately help them reach their personal health and academic goals."

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and National Football League, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Nearly 73,000 schools across the country, including hundreds of schools in Rhode Island, are currently involved in the program.

The summer meal program allows for meals to be eaten at the meal site only. Over 4,000 meals will be provided daily to Providence children 18 years of age or younger, Monday through Friday, July 1 through August 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Times and locations may vary, so parents and families should call 2-1-1* to find a summer meal site in their neighborhood.

Meals will be served at the following locations:

Al Carrington Water Park
64 Richardson St.
11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Fox Point Water Park at Cabral Park
505 Wickenden St.
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

George J. West Water Park
1266 Chalkstone Ave.
10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Harriet and Sayles Water Park
375 Sayles St.
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Fargnoli Water Park
945 Smith St.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Neutaconkanut Recreation Center Water Park
675 Plainfield St.
11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

General Street Water Park
11 West St.
11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Sackett Street Water Park
110 Sackett St.
10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Selim-Rogers Recreation Center
60 Camden Ave.
10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

McGrane Pool
404 Dexter St.
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Zuccolo Recreation Center Pool
11 Gesler St.
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Billy Taylor Park
Corner of Camp St. and Cypress St.
11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Candace St. Playground
Candace St. and Orms St.
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Dexter Training Ground
73 Dexter St.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Ellery Park
75 Ellery St.
10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Mattie Smith Playground
Taylor St. and Glenham St.
11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

O'Brien Park
Corner of Regent St. and River Ave.
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Pearl St. Playground
Pearl St. and Providence St.
11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Riverside Park
50 Aleppo St.
11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Donigian Park
247 Valley St.
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lockwood Plaza Housing
50 Prairie Ave.
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Wiggins Village Housing
207 Cranston St.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Wallace St. Park
Corner of Wallace St. and Cumerford St.
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Chad Brown Housing
Chad Brown St.
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lippitt Park
1001 Hope St.
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Corliss Park
30 Corina St.
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Jennifer Rivera Park
40 Niagara St.
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Hopkins Square Park
2 Russo St.
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Davis Park
50 Raymond St.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Brown St. Park
207 Brown St.
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Hartford Park
Laurel Hill and Hartford Ave.
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

In addition, free summer meals are provided at dozens of sites across the City for children and teens who are enrolled in summer activities such as camps and recreation center programming. Many of these sites also provide free summer breakfast.

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