Syracuse City School District Summer Food Service Program Provides Free Meals to City Children

The Syracuse City School District will once again provide free meals to students twice a day throughout the summer as part of its Summer Food Service Program.

The goal of the Summer Food Service Program is to ensure that all SCSD students receive the nutrition they need to remain healthy and active even when school is not in session. During the summer of 2015-16, more than 160,000 meals were served at 42 locations. This year, meals will be offered at 50 sites, including schools, parks, community centers and libraries. Meals will be offered, free of charge, to all children ages 18 and younger.

Downloadable Food Service sites click on the following link: Summer Food Service Sites 2017

New this year are the Summer Meal Program’s Breakfast Punch Cards. Students receiving meals at school building sites will get a punch card when they visit a summer meal site for breakfast. For each day they eat a breakfast at a school building summer meal site, they will receive a stamp on their card. Once they receive 10 stamps, they can submit their card and be entered into a drawing to receive four tickets to a Syracuse University basketball game. The punch card drawing will be held during the week of August 7th.

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Service at most locations begins on July 5th. See the detailed list of locations and dates, attached. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for everyone regardless of race, color, national origin, age, or disability. There will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.

In addition to the daily meal service, this year, four special summer meal events have also been planned. Each event will include a free bicycle raffle; see below for additional details.

Summer Meal Kickoff Event – July 7 (11 am – Noon) at Kirk Park (300 W. Borden St.)(Note change in date from original)

Come celebrate the start of the SCSD Summer Feeding Program at Kirk Park! Children can meet a baby calf, have fun in a healthy relay and learn about life on a dairy farm and the benefits of dairy. They’ll even have an opportunity to take a ‘healthy selfie!’

Wheels and Meals – July 11 (10 am – 1 pm) at Dr. King Elementary (416 E. Raynor Ave.)

Children will be able to climb, touch, explore and honk the horns of fire trucks, emergency vehicles, service vehicles, buses and more, all while enjoying a healthy and delicious free lunch.

Read It & Eat It – July 18 (11:30 am – 2 pm) at Central Library (447 S. Salina St.)

This special summer feeding event includes a read-aloud featuring Superintendent Alicea! Free prizes and giveaways will delight young readers as they enjoy their healthy meal.

Summer 2017 Heritage Health Kick Event – July 21 (11 am – 1 pm) at Southwest Community Center (401 South Ave.)

Children can enjoy a healthy meal and take part in games and a group Mixed Martial Arts event through H2Fitness.

For more information or to inquire about becoming a nutrition site, please contact Rachel Murphy, Director of Food and Nutrition, at 315-435-4207. To find a site near you, please call 1-866-348-6479, text ‘FOOD’ to 877-877 or visit