By Alexis Scott Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – With about 150,00 Onondaga County residents going without meals this summer, the Syracuse City School District will be providing help with a free food service for children.
The program runs Monday through Friday in the city of Syracuse at various locations around the city. This year, there are 45 locations listed at school sites, community centers, parks and libraries. Children under the age of 18, and if special needs, 19 years old can receive a breakfast and lunch meal, with some snacks at select locations twice a day through the week until school starts back in August.
Food and Nutritional Services director Rachel Murphy said the best part of the program is that students will have a meal that is locally grown from Syracuse.
“That’s the best part. They have access to something fresh. Something that could have been grown down the street from them. Someone they may know.”
The goal of the service program is to ensure that low-income children have access to the meals they need while school is out without hassle.
In conjunction with Blessings in a Backpack on the weekends and the food service program during the week, students have access to daily meals in and outside of the classroom.