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FREE: Play in the Park & Summer Food Service Program




The Play in the Park and Summer Food Service Program promotes health, wellness, nutrition, and outdoor activity during the summer months for youth ages 0-18. At over 20 outdoor sites throughout the city youth can participate in activities with Play in the Park staff and access a free snack or lunch between the hours of 10am-2pm. The goal is to get youth to be active, get outside, have fun and eat healthy during the summer months! The Play in the Park and Summer Food Program has traditionally operated in the City of New Bedford for well over 10 years and in the summer of 2014 served over 82,000 meals to low-income youth in the city, in parks, playgrounds and other organized arenas that provide engaging summer programming for youth. The Play in the Park and Summer Food Program is a vital piece of City youth’s summer experience and, again, for many youth, it serves as the only nutritious meal they will have all week. The City of New Bedford Parks Recreation & Beaches facilitates and operates over 65 food sites in targeted areas throughout the city. Sites are classified as either OPEN sites which youth can walk-in to everyday or indoor sites where our department partners with a local youth organization to serve food to a summer time program. These sites are strategically located in neighborhoods across the city to maximize access for youth and/or are operated in collaboration with community partners who serve youth across the city. Annual partners in the Play in the Park and Summer Food Program are the Mayor’s Office, the New Bedford Public Schools Department, the New Bedford Housing Authority, the Boys and Girls Club, the YWCA, Community Boating Center, Trips for Kids, and many other community-based agencies.


Free Food, Free Fun All Summer Long! Food that’s in when school is out! Kids 18 and younger are welcome to join us for a free healthy lunch Monday through Friday, starting June 19th through August 23rd. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. kids can enjoy a free meal and play games, sports, and other activities with our Play in the Park staff at multiple locations throughout the city. Also new this year, anyone 18 and under can get a free dinner at Montes Park from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.



Park Site List: (Click on park for info & directions)
Ashley Park - Brooklawn Park - Buttonwood Park - Clasky Common Park - Eddie James Playground/Nashmont - Gomes School Park - Harmony Gardens - Harrington Park - Hazelwood Park - Montes Park - Noah's Place Playground - Riverside Park - Roberto Clemente Park - Ruth St. Tot Lot

Housing Site List: Brickenwood - Dottin Place - Parkdale - Presidential Heights - Satellite Village - Shamut Village - Westlawn Housing

During bad weather we will still provide lunchtime meals at five sites.

Rain Sites: McCoy Rec Center - Brooklawn Park - Riverside Park - Roberto Clemente Park - West Beach Pavilion

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