Providence recreation centers to provide free meals to kids on snow days

By: Amanda Pitts


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A new program in Providence is making sure no child goes hungry, even on a snow day.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza kicked off the “Emergency Food for Providence Youth Program” Tuesday, a partnership between the Healthy Communities Office and recreation centers, where free meals will be provided for kids on snow days.

Recreation centers across the city already provide meals to students on school days, but when schools shut down for snow, they’re forced to close too.

Now, four recreation centers in Providence will remain open and have healthy meals for kids under the age of 18, no questions asked.

“If a child isn’t getting a healthy meal, then they’re more likely to be absent, they’re more likely to have tardiness issues and absenteeism issues, and they’re less likely to do well in school. We want all of our kids to have the bare essentials, a strong foundation, and so that’s why we’re offering this program,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza.

The locations are: 

  • West End Recreation Center – 109 Bucklin St., Providence
  • Vincent Brown Recreation Center – 438 Hope St., Providence
  • Selim Madelin Rogers Recreation Center – 60 Camden Ave., Providence
  • Davey Lopes Recreation Center – 227 Dudley St., Providence

All four locations will be open until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4.

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