Summer Lunch 2015 is just around the corner!
The program will be starting up on Monday, June 29 at several sites, and in early July at other sites. Once again we will have 2 mobile units making several stops around the city. This year we will serve lunch through Friday, September 4.
We are still in need of volunteers--if you are interested, please call Kara Williams at 374-2683, X104. Watch for the summer lunch site and serving time schedule coming soon!
For more than 20 years, the SICM free summer lunch program has helped hungry children here in Schenectady. Without this program, many children would not have a regular midday meal throughout the summer. Lunches are served at locations specifically targeted to reach the largest number of hungry children. At most of SICM’s summer lunch sites, nearly 100% of the children qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. The NY State Education Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture fund SICM’s summer lunch program by reimbursing SICM for each meal served. Lunch is available to youth 18 and under, and we expect to feed an average of over 1,500 children each day.
This year we will be serving lunches at 30 fixed sites, with 24 continuing from last year plus 6 brand new sites. Our fixed sites continuing from last year include:
- seven of the City’s parks
- two of the city’s municipal housing locations
- ten church sites and
- five key additional sites such as Schenectady Public Library, miSci, and the Hamilton Hill Arts Center
Our new fixed sites for Summer Lunch 2015 include:
- four churches
- an elementary school and
- a townhouse location that previously served as a mobile site
Additionally, we are continuing our successful mobile lunch service into a third year of operation. This year we will have two mobile lunch trucks of our own, serving a total of 15 sites: 8 continuing from last year plus 7 new sites.
All sites are open to anyone age 18 and under, and there is no enrollment required.
This year, the program runs five days a week from June 29th- September 4th, the entire duration of summer vacation – except for July 3rd. In case of rain, each site has a sheltered area. Last summer, over 65,000 meals were prepared and distributed. The food is a variety of hot lunches (fixed sites only) and cold lunches, following a menu which closely mirrors that of the meals children receive in school.
SICM is also working in conjunction with other programs running at sites during the summer that provide activities for children. For example, the Boys and Girls Club of Schenectady has programs at Quackenbush, Hillhurst, and Steinmetz Parks, and the YMCA runs a day program at Jerry Burrell Park. The Hamilton Hill Arts Center also runs a summer camp, and we are working in conjunction with the County SCORE Camp at Central Park.
SICM will also operate a six-week faith-based summer camp at Steinmetz Park, extending last year’s successful 4-week camp by 2 weeks.
A detailed schedule showing all sites and the serving times for each site is available here.
FIXED LUNCH SITES
|Carrie Street Park||Dead End of Carrie Street||6/29-9/4||11:40-11:55|
|Downtown YMCA||433 State St. (Franklin Street Parking Lot)||6/29-8/21||12:45-1:00|
|Ellis Hospital||McClellan Campus||6/29-9/4||11:15-11:30|
|Elmer Elementary||90 Elmer Avenue||6/29-9/4||11:35-11:50|
|Front Street Pool||157 Front Street||6/29-9/4||1:10-1:25|
|Harmony Fellowship||888 Albany Street||6/29-9/4||12:40-12:55|
|MacGathan Town Houses||Community Room, Jerry Street||8/24-9/4||2:05-2:20|
|Mont Pleasant Library||1026 Crane Street||6/29-9/4||2:00-2:15|
|Orchard Park||733 Orchard Street||6/29-9/4||1:40-1:55|
|South Ave Park||669 South Avenue||6/29-9/4||12:25-12:40|
|South Gate Apartments||1963 Watt Street||6/29-9/4||1:45-2:00|
|State Street Extension||15 Mynderse Street||6/29-9/4||1:00-1:15|
|Vale Neighborhood||Corner of Eagle & Maple Streets||6/29-9/4||1:20-1:35|
|Yates Elementary||725 Salina Street||6/29-9/4||12:00-12:15|
|Zoller Elementary||1880 Lancaster Street||6/29-9/4||12:00-12:15|
Download these schedules (two pages)
Summer Lunch 2015