Good Question: Will free meals continue all summer?

Updated: June 24, 2020 05:57 AM
Created: June 24, 2020 04:10 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Our “Good Question” has to do with students and getting food to kids.

A viewer asked News10NBC’s Brennan Somers: "Are schools serving breakfast and lunches now going to keep handing them out this summer? Or are they stopping at the end of the month?"


That’s a good question. Schools and community groups have been teaming up to help get food to kids throughout this pandemic while campuses remain shut down.

With the school year coming to an end and questions about what's happening going forward, Somers reached out to get updates on food plans around town.

Rochester school officials plan to keep helping families with minor changes to locations in the coming weeks.

Brighton Central Schools sent this response:

The District is planning to serve meals through June 26 and doesn't have plans to serve over the summer. We will be promoting summer programs in the county that our residents are welcome to utilize. These districts normally run summer meal programs and are set up to handle the influx of districts that typically are not permitted to do so. Brighton has three neighboring districts that run a program: Rush-Henrietta, East Rochester, and Rochester. We will provide our current customers with information on available programs on our last day of service.

Gates Chili CSD sent its plans below:

Gates Chili is proud to partner with the USDA to provide free meals for children 18 and younger each summer. This year’s program runs July 6 to Aug. 21 at Gates Chili MS (2 Spartan Way) and Paul Road Elementary School (571 Paul Road). Any child in the community, 18 years and younger, may get a free meal. There are no income requirements or registration and children are not required to be district residents. This program is fully-funded by the USDA, so there is no cost to district taxpayers. We’ll be announcing more details about times and menu choices in the coming days. Important to note, our emergency school closure free meals program ends next Friday, June 26. If families are in need of meals from June 29 through July 3 they can dial 211 to learn about food pantry hours and locations in their area. We’ll also be communicating this directly to our families in the coming days.

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