A not for profit joint effort
between Burrillville Parks and Recreation, the Berean Baptist Church, the Burrillville Lions Club &
the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library to provide weekend food for needy Burrillville youth.
Burrillville Weekend Snack Pack Program
For many years a small group of Burrillville volunteers provided weekend meals for needy Burrillville school children.
Each week the volunteers would drop off backpacks to the schools that were filled with enough non-perishable food and snacks to last for the weekend.
Abruptly this group dissolved at the end of December 2013 due to lack of funding. There was little notice, and no plan to continue to provide for these children.
In January 2014 a partnership was formed between the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Berean Baptist Church, the Jesse Smith Memorial Library,
and the Burrillville Lions Club, to continue the program and help these needy students.
Volunteers on behalf of the above mentioned organizations pick up the food at the grocery store, and help pack and distribute the weekly bags.
The program is run solely by volunteers and is supported 100% by donations and volunteer fundraising
Non-Perishable Food Donations Needed:
Single Serve Cereal
Single Serve Oatmeal/Cream of Wheat Packets
Fruit Cups/Apple Sauce
Instant Breakfast Packets
Mac & Cheese (Boxes or Single Serve)
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Canned Kid’s Meals (Spaghetti-o’s, Soup, Beefaroni etc.)
Canned Tuna & Chicken
Canned Spaghetti Sauce with Meat
Peanut Butter Crackers
Cheese & Crackers
Single Serve Raisins or Nuts
Shelf Stable Single Serve Milk Boxes
Single Serve Cookies
Gluten Free Items
NO GLASS PLEASE!!
WE NEED TO KEEP THE KIDS SAFE
Packing Sessions—help pack the weekly bags of food
Fundraising—assist with organizing fundraisers & selling raffle tickets to benefit the program at Town events
Drop Box Location—set up a drop box for food items
Contact: The Parks and Recreation
Department at 568-9470 or
Monthly Cost and Students Served
There are approximately 50 children in Burrillville who receive the weekly backpacks of food.
These children attend Steere Farm, W.L. Callahan, A.T. Levy, Burrillville Middle, and
Burrillville High Schools.
The average monthly cost of the food to feed these children each weekend is $1,200-$1,500
Bags of food are packed by volunteers every 8-12 weeks.
Packing Sessions are held at the Beckwith-Bruckshaw Lodge.