Kids Summer Café ensures uninterrupted food access to local kids and teens

Free Grab & Go lunches are available in Attleboro and Norton. As food insecurity rises sharply, many families are looking for additional resources to access food. The Summer Food Service Program, known as Summer Eats in Massachusetts, helps to provide FREE meals to kids and teens 18 and under when school is out of session.

Due to COVID-19, summer meals in 2021 will continue to be provided in a Grab & Go style. Children do not have to be present to pick up meals. Families are able to walk up or drive up to four local sites, affiliated with Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative. They are all “open” meal sites, with no registration or identification required. FREE bagged lunches will be served through Friday, August 27.

There are four Kids Summer Café meal sites, operated under the program Food n’ Friends:
• Attleboro High School, Blue Pride Way, Attleboro, M-F at 11:30am
• Briggs Playground, East Street, Attleboro, M-F at 11:30am
• Nickerson Field, Snell Street, Attleboro, M-F at 11:30am
• Norton Glen Playground, Norton Glen Terrace, Norton, M-F at 11:30am

“To ensure that children and families do not face a hunger gap, we begin serving FREE bagged lunches as soon as the school break begins,” says Lisa Piscatelli, executive director of Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative. “During this challenging time, we have seen the community come together and help families utilize meal programs and resources. Programs such as the Kids Summer Café [Summer Eats] are critical for families during the summer season.”

As the Commonwealth shares COVID-19 requirements, Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative quickly adapts programming to ensure children and families can continue accessing needed resources in the context of a global pandemic. There is no one-size-fits-all meals model during a public health crisis.

Additional meal sites can be found on Project Bread’s statewide meal map or by calling the FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333. By providing free, nutritious meals throughout the summer, Summer Eats ensures that every child has access to the food they need to succeed.


HUNGER to HOPE Spring Benefit

It is not too late to help our food-insecure neighbors. Summer is a busy and fun season for Food n’ Friends. It is also our most costly season. If you are able, kindly purchase a virtual event ticket, make a fund-a-need donation, or secure a sponsorship.

Virtual Event for Food n’ Friends
Click any of the underlined links to purchase your virtual event ticket, fund-a-need , or sponsorship via AAIC’s Charityproud registration page. Thank you!

Please help us fight hunger and spread HOPE this spring (and summer)!

Dear Friends, 

One year ago, a global pandemic turned the world upside down. Life changed for all of us. With record unemployment, lost wages and many having little-to-no savings, the economic and personal impact has been severe. Financial struggles and food insecurity have skyrocketed. In the greater Attleboro area, many working families and single parents told us, “This is the first time I’ve ever needed help in feeding my family.”  

Throughout it all, AAIC continues to alleviate hunger. Our Food n’ Friends Kitchens set up Meals-to-Go sites. Our loyal volunteers show up and show up big. In 2019, Food n’ Friends served 22,000 meals to our neighbors in need. During the pandemic, we served over 50,000 meals: a number that humbles us and yet also makes us feel proud of our work and our mission.

The need in our community continues . . .
We are depending on the big hearts and generosity of our friends and supporters, now more than ever.

THANK YOU for supporting our second Virtual HUNGER to HOPE Spring Benefit. Wherever you are, you can connect (follow/like/share) and support the good, compassionate work of Food n’ Friends.   Facebook   Instagram   LinkedIn   Twitter

Together, we can make a difference!  #spreadhopethisspring


Lisa Piscatelli, Executive Director
Pam Tarallo, Food n’ Friends Program Administrator

Fundraising Committee:
Ellen Healey Sullivan, Chair
Leslie Courtney, Charlie Oliver, Janet Richardi, and Marcia Smith

Participation Options: Welcome to our Virtual Event!

Thank you for being here. Stay for as long as you’d like. Here are the ways to participate and help our food insecure neighbors.

Pull up a “seat at our table.” Just like at our Kitchens and Cafés, all are welcome.

Raise your “paddle” and help us continue serving emergency meals.

Help Food n’ Friends alleviate hunger locally and spread hope this spring.
SILVER $1,000
GOLD $1,500

Sponsors: Thank you!

Kitchen Favorites featuring eight recipes from Food n’ Friends:


Resource Junction

Resource Junction is a program of the Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative that provides crucial services to support a wide range of human needs, including emergency cash assistance.

COVID-19 | GET HELP: Basic Needs and Housing

Supporting neighbors in need, the Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative coordinates resources and services through community partnerships.

Resource Junction – Emergency Cash Assistance