Central Falls Launches 2022 Summer Food Service | Archives

CENTRAL FALLS — Starting this month, Central Falls Parks and Recreation will begin providing free summer meals to children under 18 enrolled in school at designated sites across the city.

In conjunction with Mayor Maria Rivera, the Parks and Recreation Department will host a kick-off event for the 8th Annual Summer Food Service Program on June 22. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, 416 Hunt Street, Central Falls, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kicking off will include a rock climbing wall, balloon twists, games and activities, and a traveling chef who will visit sites throughout the summer to cook for the kids. Meals will be offered free of charge to all registered children.

Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation and Community Services Mavy Pineda said the program provides free breakfast and lunch to Central Falls youth at designated food sites Monday through Friday throughout the year. ‘summer. The program runs from June 22 to August 30.

“It’s important for us because there may be children who, while they’re in school, are dependent on these resources, so we want to make sure there are these places so that they can feed themselves while they are away from school for the summer,” Pineda said.

The Jenks Park catering site will offer breakfast from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Parks Service has also partnered with the Adams Public Library, 205 Central St., to operate as a restoration site. Lunch will be offered at the library, Monday to Friday, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch will also be served Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 416 Hunt St.. With the summer warming up, Pineda said the park’s wading pool will soon be lit to give families and kids a fun way to cool off while enjoying their lunch break.

In addition to the meal site, the Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting activities at Jenks Park on weekdays for children.

“It’s almost like summer camp, I would say,” Pineda said.

Another dining venue, open two days a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, is the Higginson/Francis L Corrigan Sports Complex on Higginson Avenue. Breakfast will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., with lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

The sports complex will also host a summer program hosted by the Pawtucket Arts, Sports and Technology Resource Organization (ASTRO). Children wishing to participate in the ASTRO Summer Program must register with the Pawtucket-based organization at www.go-astro.org/resource/summer-camp/.

In addition to designated sites, a mobile food unit will provide food from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with stops at local city parks Monday through Friday. The program aims to promote the values ​​and benefits of a healthy lifestyle by providing nutritious meal options as well as plenty of physical activity for children in the community.

Last year, Pineda said, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the program and it only took place from mid-July to late August 2021 with fewer meal sites. In July, she said the city served $4,205 in meals and $6,871 in August.

To learn more about eligibility criteria and participation, visit a meal site or contact Pineda at [email protected] or 401-727-7400, ext. 2485.