Syracuse City School District Summer Meal Program to Begin June 26th

The Syracuse City School District will provide free meals and snacks to students daily throughout the summer as part of its Summer Food Service Program.

The goal of the Summer Food Service Program is to ensure that all students receive the nutrition they need to remain healthy and active even when school is not in session. During the summer of 2017, more than 145,000 meals were served. This year, meals will be offered at 45 sites, including schools, parks, community centers and libraries. Meals will be offered, free of charge, to all children ages 18 and younger.

New this year are BBQ days at each participating park location (dates provided below). Students receiving meals on these dates will be treated to a special BBQ meal featuring hamburgers on the grill and seasonal sides including watermelon. Snacks are also being offered this year at select site locations to help students recharge in between meals.

Select locations will offer special services beginning the week of June 25th. Service at all other locations will begin on July 9th. 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.

  • SCSD will host a special Summer Meal Kick Off Event with Fuel Up to Play 60!, the American Dairy Association, the Onondaga County Health Department and the Syracuse City Parks and Recreation Program at McChesney Park on July 12th  (1:30 am –4:00). The event will take place at McChesney Park (2308 Grant Boulevard). Children can meet a baby calf, hear from an NFL player, have fun in a healthy relay and learn about life on a dairy farm and the benefits of dairy. The event will also include a cultural dance with a special performance by Light of the World Ballet, arts and crafts, physical activity games and a community health fair.


  • Park location BBQs, as mentioned above, will be held at Kirk Park on July 17; Wilson Park on July 20; Schiller Park on July 25; Barry Park on August 3; and Burnet Park on August 9.

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