Free summer meals for kids kick off this week in Ithaca area

Many kids get their most nutritious meals at school, and in the summer, local and federal agencies team up to make sure children get fed. Summer breakfast and lunch schedules began this week in Ithaca and Tompkins County.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are a priority for this year’s summer meal program. File photo.

Free meals for kids and teens 18 and younger are running at Northside Community Center at 625 Hancock Street, with breakfast offered from 8:30-10:30am and lunch from 11-1:30 until September 1; and they start July 5 at Southside Community Center at 305 South Plain Street, with breakfast from 8:30-10:30am and lunch from 12-2pm.

Newfield Elementary School is serving breakfast from 8-9am and lunch from 11:30am-1pm each weekday at 247 Main Street, this week through August 4.

Dryden Middle School at 118 Freeville Road will be serving lunch weekdays from 12:15-1pm starting July 10 and continuing until August 18.

Also in Dryden, lunch will be available at the Little Creek Mobile Home Park at North Street and Brightday Road, Wednesdays and Fridays from July 10 to August 18, from 12:15-12:45pm.

The Groton Public Library at 112 East Cortland Street in Groton has lunches available starting July 3 and running through August 31, weekdays from 12-1pm.

No registration or paperwork is required for kids who want a free meal or snack. “Any child age 18 and under is welcome,” according to the USDA. There’s no meal service on July 4.

If you have any questions, call Ithaca City School District’s summer food service program office at 607-274-2234, or call 1-866-3HUNGRY or 2-1-1.

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