SYRACUSE N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — You might say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but for some children any meal can be hard to come by. That’s why the Syracuse City School District is working to keep minds occupied and bellies full this summer.

“We offer free breakfast, free lunch and snack in many locations throughout the summer,” said Rachel Murphy, the Syracuse City School District Director of Food and Nutrition Service. “Children show up, they come and can participate in different activities.”

The only only requirement is that you are 18 or younger. You don’t have to be enrolled in summer school or even be a city resident. The distributions will take place at schools, community centers and parks. With the challenging times parents are dealing with, they hope to ease the burden.

“As prices rise, and families are strained and the food budget shrinks, summer meals are available to help support you. Please participate. Get the kids out, come with them bring them here. We want to feed the children, especially the City of Syracuse.”

Rachel Murphy, Director of Food and Nutrition Service in the Syracuse City School District

The Syracuse City School District will begin handing out meals starting Tuesday, July 5 as part of its Summer Meal Service program.

To celebrate the start of the event, those 18 and under are welcome to head over to Burnet Park on Friday, July 8, for a free meal and activities. The program will run from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Special BBQ Days will also be offered at each park location during the summer. Those who receive meals will be treated to a special BBQ where the main dish will be grilled hamburgers and seasonal sides.

The BBQ days will be held on the following days and locations:

  • July 8 at Burnet Park, 500 Burnet Park Dr, Syracuse, NY 13204
  • July 11 at Thornden Park, Thornden Park Dr, Syracuse, NY 13210
  • July 13 at Wilson Park, 1117 S McBride St, Syracuse, NY 13202
  • July 15 at Kirk Park, 1101 South Ave, Syracuse, NY
  • July 21 at Westmoreland, 130 Westmoreland Ave, Syracuse, NY 13224
  • July 22 at Schiller Park, Schiller Ave, Syracuse, NY 13203

Some meal sites throughout the Syracuse area will begin the Summer Meal Service on July 5. For any questions, you can contact the Office of Communications at (315) 435-5800.

Families are encouraged to check the provided link for an updated list of farm stand dates and locations.

Here is the link for details on the summer meal distribution days and location.