Free summer meals for kids winding down in Ithaca area

Have your kids been taking advantage of the free breakfasts and lunches available around Ithaca and Tompkins County? Some of the sites have stopped serving meals, but a few opportunities remain thanks to the Ithaca City School District’s summer food service program.

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

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 continue at Northside Community Center at 625 Hancock Street, with breakfast offered from 8-10:30am and lunch from 11-1:30 until September 2; and at Southside Community Center at 305 South Plain Street, with breakfast from 8:30-9:30am and lunch from 12-2pm.

Free breakfasts and lunches at Newfield Elementary School were scheduled to end August 5th, as were Dryden mobile meals delivered to various locations around Dryden. Summer programs that offered meals to participants but that ended in July include the Belle Sherman and Cass Park programs.

Continuing into August are programs at Beverly J. Martin Elementary and at BOCES on Warren Road, with meals through August 19; and at Mental Health Association of Tompkins County, Enfield Community Council, GIAC, Groton Junior/Senior High School, and Ithaca High School, through August 12. The program at St. Paul’s Nursery School continues until August 26. Participants in all of these programs have meals available to them while the program is running.

Both Northside and Southside food sites have been offering “fresh, locally grown produce when available, including fresh greens, summer squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, and more.” Some of the produce is coming from the Youth Farm Project.

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.

If you have any questions, call Dave Cornell at the summer food service program office at 607-274-2234, or 1-866-3HUNGRY.

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