Kids Summer Café Opens July 3rd

Free, bagged lunches at five playgrounds three times a week in Attleboro, North Attleboro and Norton

ATTLEBORO, MA – Kids and teens, 18 years and younger can enjoy a free lunch at sites across Attleboro, North Attleboro and Norton throughout the summer. The Kids Summer Café, Summer Food Service Program is a safe fun way to get a nutritious meal when school is not in session. It is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12 noon to 1pm from July 3 through August 16 (closed 4th of July). No registration is required. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis.

The locations are:

· Briggs Playground, East Street, Attleboro

· Nickerson Field, Snell Street, Attleboro

· Balfour River Park, behind Attleboro Public Library

· Norton Glen Playground, 4 Norton Glen Terrace

· North Attleboro Town Hall Gazebo, 43 South Washington Street

SFSP is a privately and federally funded program administered by Massachusetts Department of Education that provides kids with a healthy lunch when school is not in session. Here in Attleboro, it is sponsored and run by the Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative, Food n’ Friends Program.

This year, the program is proud to include new local sponsorship. Willow Tree of Attleboro will be providing the chicken for sandwiches that are on the menu once a week at all the cafés. 

A returning collaborator is Attleboro YMCA. In addition to lunch, fun activities are planned for youth participating at the Attleboro and Norton Kids Summer Cafés. Food n’ Friends will provide activities at the North Attleboro site. 

With a core of volunteers and the financial support of many supporters, this program is made possible. Additional Food n’ Friends Programs are Daily Kitchens and Family Cafés. For information, call Pam Tarallo at 508-222-2933.

“In accordance with Federal law and The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by email at, or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Relay Services at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.“


For the first time in decades, hunger is on the rise. Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative hosted a Spring Benefit at Hillside Country Club. The support locally was overwhelming, raising over $26,000.

This event featured a show with local comedian Candace Sallale. Our auctioneer was Tim Sullivan. Event sponsors were Acupuncture & Chiropractic Clinic and Larson Tool & Stamping Company. Mansfield Bank provided sponsorship for the grand raffle. Dinner sponsors were Janet & Jim Richardi and The Sullivan Family. Media sponsors were DoubleACS and The Sun Chronicle.

We were so grateful to Dyer-Lake Funeral Home and the talented Lizbeth Anderson who created the event flyers and program book. Brian Downey provided tech in-kind sponsorship. Event volunteers were Darchelle Clark, Rachel Davignon, Joshua Davignon, Kathy Jaaskelainin and Laura Nichols. Many others contributed, such as:

Business Advertisers – Attleboro Collision Center; Boston Harbor Wealth Advisors; Casey Law Offices, P.C.; Castro, Thresher, & Oliveira PC; Collins, Smith & O’Connor LLP; Depco Enterprises, Inc.; Rika Denshi America, Inc. and Technical Support International.

Houses of Worship Advertisers – All Saints’ Episcopal Church; Central Congregational Church; Congregation Agudas Achim; First Church of Christ, Scientist; First Congregational Church; Grace Episcopal Church; John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church; Murray Unitarian Universalist Church; Second Congregational Church; St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John the Evangelist Church.

Donation of Silent Auction Items – Attleboro Art Museum, Attleboro Jewelers, Bishop Feehan, Blackinton Inn, Blackstone River Theater, Blazejewski Family, Capron Park Zoo, The Chieftain Pub, Christakos Family, Ciancarelli Family, Veronica Clark, Corso Family, Creative Sewing Studio, Fitzy’s Pub, Footworks, Irene Frechette, Sharon Friedman, Phillip Frink, Hilliards, Hillside Country Club, Innovo Benefits Group, Jimmy’s Pub, Mansfield True Value Hardware Store, MMAS Black Box Theater, Papagallo’s, Quinn Family, Janet Richardi, Rhythm Room Salon Sparrow, Santoro Family, Sullivan Family, Louise Sullivan, Tatutina, Town Wine and Spirits, Trinity Rep and White’s Music.

Donation of Live Auction Items – Roy Belcher & Bertha Young, Ciancarelli Family, Coleman Family, Mayor Paul Heroux, Lorri Inglis, Office of Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Llamas Family, Manley Family, Charlie & Wendy Oliver, Second Congregational Church, Sullivan Family and Marcia & Glen Weidner.

The event committee included chairwoman Ellen Healey Sullivan, Adrianna Clark, Taryn Degon, Charlie Oliver, Lisa Piscatelli, Janet Richardi and Pam Tarallo.Thank you to the board of directors for all their support.

AAIC is the leading agency in the region for providing emergency meals through our Food n’ Friends Program. Last year we served 22,414 hot meals to low-income/food insecure individuals. In addition, we served 4,462 bagged lunches in the summer to children in Attleboro and North Attleboro. This year, the Kids Summer Café is expanding to serve youth in Norton.

Thanks to the core of Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative volunteers, who continue to give tirelessly of their time and hearts to plan, prepare, feed and care for all our beloved guests at Daily Kitchens, Family Cafés and Summer Kids Cafés.

Ten percent of households in Massachusetts face food insecurity. A special thank you to all those that attended and participated with the event, “Hunger to Hope.” Your support is ever so vital and valued!

Lisa Piscatelli, Executive Director

Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative

The Kids Summer Cafe Kickoff Event June 23, 2018

The Kids Summer Cafe Kickoff event is Saturday June 23, 11am-1pm at the following locations:
Briggs Playground East St.
Attleboro Public Library North Main St.
Attleboro Housing Authority (inside rec hall) 37 Carlon St

Norton Glen Playground 4 Norton Glen Terrace

North Attleboro
Town Hall Gazebo (in front of town pool)- 43 North Washington St.

This family event is to promote the Kids Summer Cafe which serves children and teens 18 years and younger a free bagged lunch during the summer.

All are welcome to attend. If you are interested in volunteering for this event please contact Pam Tarallo at or 508-222-2933.


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Grand Raffle Tickets available to purchase

Grand Raffle Prize Includes:  $750 Value, drawing May 17, 2018

~ Stay at Seaport Hotel in Boston
~ Dinner for two at the Strega Waterfront Restaurant
~ 2 General Admission Tickets to the Institute of Contemporary Art
~ $50 Visa Gift Card

grand raffle tickets $20 each | hunger to hope 2018: Spring Benefit

To purchase Grand Raffle Tickets please call the office at 508-222-2933

Grand Raffle generously sponsored by Mansfield Bank

Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative Welcomes New Executive Director

Lisa Piscatelli joined the Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative as executive director on March 26, 2018. She is focused on fostering teamwork in the organization’s ongoing efforts to alleviate hunger and inspire interfaith activities. A 14-year nonprofit professional, Piscatelli supports the mission of advancing a healthy, secure and meaningful life for all. She will work together with the board of directors, staff, partners and a core of volunteers in the joint vision of helping others.

Trust, respect and integrity are the noted influences from Piscatelli’s early days at Bishop Feehan High School. In 1991, she received a BS in Marketing from Bentley University. This business perspective meshed with ethical standards became a solid foundation for championing projects relating to gender equality, health and wellness, housing, social justice and youth enrichment.

Piscatelli is an effective communicator. At YWCA Rhode Island, she built greater public awareness of issues affecting minority groups and women. She is especially proud of co-creating She Shines™ Magazine, a YWCA publication celebrating the aspirations and accomplishments of women. It is a 2009 Metcalf Media Award winner, recognizing professional journalists and media that do an exemplary job of showcasing diversity through stories that engage.

On a local level, Piscatelli assists with initiatives in the arts and culture. She is an advocate – recognizing that a rich cultural life plays an essential role in healthy communities, good schools and a strong economy. She is chairperson of the Mansfield Local Cultural Council, in her second term. With active support from its members and positive survey feedback, the council is identifying assets as they explore the concept of a cultural district for the downtown.

A marketing consultant, she has several clients in the arts sector. As a parent of a flutist, she supports opportunities at The Claflin Hill Youth Symphony Orchestra and South Shore Conservatory.

Her roots sprang from Mansfield, Massachusetts ­– later living, working, volunteering and continuing her faith journey in the Midwest then back to New England – experiencing rural, suburban and urban settings along the way. Piscatelli ultimately returned with her family to, as luck would have it, purchase the home of her childhood.

She is looking forward to meeting with faith-based and human service organizations that serve the Attleboro area – nourishing existing relationships and developing new partnerships. Reach out to her at 508-222-2933, or on social media.