Summer Food Service Program 2017

Serving Free Meals to Children 18 and Under

During the school year, the Syracuse City School District’s Food and Nutrition Program provides more than 11,000 breakfasts, 15,000 lunches and nearly 7,000 after-school snacks daily. Even when school is out for the summer, the program ensures that children under the age of 18 will continue to get the nutrients they need to fuel them throughout the day.


Rachel Murphy, Food and Nutrition Director, is encouraging families with school aged children to take advantage of the program this summer.


The program will be hosting a “Read it and Eat it” event on Tuesday, July 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Central Library on 447 S. Salina St. The event features a read aloud by Syracuse City School District’s Superintendent Jaime Alicea.


There are plenty other events including a “Summer Food Service Program 2017” which is provided all summer long. Meals are served to children under the age of 18 without charge Monday through Friday at numerous sites and times. The dates and listings for the meal services can be found online at


For more information on free breakfast and lunch options near you this summer, you can text FOOD to 877-877. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the food and nutrition office at (315) 435-4207 or visit the Literary Coalition online at


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