What is Brookline Thrives? Brookline Thrives is a Brookline Food Pantry program that works in partnership with the Public Schools of Brookline. Providing free take-home weekend meals to school-age children in need, Brookline Thrives reduces the number of Brookline students starting the school week hungry. The program is currently up and running in Lincoln and Coolidge Corner schools. Brookline Thrives will expand to Pierce and Driscoll schools in Fall 2019, then to all interested Brookline K-8 schools and Brookline High School over subsequent years.
The weekend bags:
Are available to all families with students enrolled in the Public Schools of Brookline, even if they do not reside in Brookline. This includes siblings of Brookline students.
Can be picked up every Friday during the school year; no proof of financial need is required.
Contain single-serve portions of a variety of non-perishable foods and beverages for two breakfasts, two lunches, snacks and fresh fruit.
Have a rotating three-week menu to provide variety.
Can accommodate several food allergies and dietary restrictions.
What’s in a weekend meal bag? Here's an example of what a meal bag might include:
2 shelf-stable 8oz. low fat milk boxes
Cheerios single-serve bowl
Instant Oatmeal packet
Macaroni & cheese single-serve cup
Chicken noodle soup cup
Crackers & cheese snack pack
2 fresh whole pieces of fruit
No contents will contain nuts as a direct ingredient; however, due to manufacturing processing, Brookline Thrives cannot guarantee nut-free.
Why does Brookline need a weekend food program? In the 2018-19 school year, 13% of all Brookline Public Schools students received free or reduced meals. School administrators believe the actual need is much higher. Economic disparity is rising within Brookline. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of households earning less than $15,000 per year or more than $100,000 per year increased, while the number of households earning between $15,000-$99,000 decreased. The struggle to meet basic needs, including food, has a direct impact on the academic performance of Brookline students.
How do I sign up? If you have a student at Lincoln or Coolidge Corners schools, program information and registration forms are available in the school's office.
If you have a student at Pierce or Driscoll schools, program information will be sent home in September 2019 with school forms.
At any time, you may also email email@example.com. Registration is not required, but it helps Brookline Thrives determine the number of food packs needed and to address specific dietary concerns.
How can I help? Brookline Thrives is a volunteer-run organization and your help is appreciated. You can:
Donate – $250 feeds one student every weekend during the school year. Any amount is appreciated.
Volunteer – Many volunteer shifts are available. CHECK BACK IN AUGUST 2019 FOR AN UPDATED ONLINE SIGN-UP.
Bag packing on Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings.
Delivering bags to schools on Thursdays (drivers with large vehicles needed).
Distributing bags in schools on Friday mornings and afternoons.
Picking up and delivering food to the Thrives storage area (drivers with large vehicles needed).