School Districts Provide Free Meals During Closure

With all the schools closed through the end of March, school districts in the Capital Region are rallying together to provide free meals to students during the closure. Below is the information for many school districts in the area that are here to help:

Albany County

Albany School District

Beginning Monday, March 16th the following six buildings will be open daily from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., throughout the school closure:

  • Albany High School (Washington Avenue entrance), 700 Washington Ave.
  • Albany School of Humanities (ASH), 108 Whitehall Road
  • Arbor Hill Elementary School, 1 Arbor Drive
  • Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 274 South Pearl St.
  • Tony Clement Center for Education, 395 Elk St.
  • William S. Hackett Middle School, 45 Delaware Ave.

Bethlehem School District

Free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch for children will be available for pick up at Bethlehem Central High School. Those picking up meals should come to the Van Dyke Road entrance near the cafeteria.

8:00am to 9:30 am – Last names beginning A-M
9:30am to 11:00am – Last names beginning N-Z

Guilderland School District

Breakfast and lunch will be available, free of charge, for students in need while GCSD schools are closed. Meals will automatically be delivered to all families who currently receive free and reduced meals, starting Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Any other students interested in receiving meal deliveries, please contact Megan Beck at beckm@guilderlandschools.net.

Menands School District

We are prepared to provide breakfast and lunch to our students during the closure, beginning Tuesday March 17. Our school buses will deliver daily to your child’s bus stop. The time will be between 1 hour and 30 minutes and 2 hours after their regular morning pick up time. Meals can also be picked up at school between 9:30am and 12:30pm via the School Entrance.

North Colonie School District

The district will provide meals to any student in the North Colonie Central School District starting on Tuesday, March 17. “Grab and go” drive-thru style stations for breakfast and lunch will be set up at Blue Creek Elementary School, Forts Ferry Elementary School and Shaker High School. Breakfast can be picked up from 8 – 8:45am and lunch can be picked up from 11:45am – 12:45am Meals will be available that are free of the big 8 allergens. Families who cannot pick up meals can contact Food Services at LisaOstrowski@ncolonie.org and arrangements will be made for them to be delivered.

Ravena Coyemans Selkirk School District

Any child under 18 years of age will be allowed to receive healthy meal and snack choices through the RCS district’s food service program. Meals may be picked up between the hours of 7 and 10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday at the following location: Parents/caregivers of Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary children will go to the bus drop off loop of Pieter B. Elementary; parents/caregivers of A.W. Becker Elementary children will go to the bus drop off loop of A.W. Becker Elementary; parents/caregivers of RCS Middle School children who are in need of a breakfast/lunch option will go to the bus drop off loop of RCS Middle School; parents/caregivers of RCS High School children will go to the loading dock at the high school, which is located on the end of the high school facing 9W.

South Colonie Schools

Meal pick-up locations will be outside of Lisha Kill Middle School (pick-up by auditorium) and Colonie High School (outside the Main entrance) in a grab-and-go style, meaning, when you arrive at the location, please look for the pick-up table and stay in your car so that someone can bring meals to you.

  • Last Names A-H: Pick up time starts at 9:00 to 10:00am
  • Last Names I-P: Pick up time starts at 10:00 to 11:00am
  • Last Names Q-Z: Pick up time starts at 11:00am to 12:00pm

Watervliet School District

The meals will be available for pick up in the “grab and go” format from tables set up at the entrances to Watervliet Elementary School and the Watervliet Civic Center. When you arrive at the location, please look for the pick-up table. If driving, stay in your car and a staff member will bring the meals to you.

Our “Food is Fuel” program also will continue for families that normally participate. Supply bags will be available for pick up on Friday between 8-10 a.m. at the elementary school.

Giuseppe’s Pizza has contacted us with a generous offer to provide free pizza slices to our students who stop by their shop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m

Victory Christian Church

Many mothers or children that cannot make it to pick up lunch now can call for free delivery.

Just call 518-857-0726 to arrange delivery from 12 to 2 every day.

Victory Church is not only canvassing the streets but will now deliver lunches and breakfast bars for the next day.

Monday the church delivered over 300 meals to children throughout the city. Now if any mother or child who cannot get to schools for pickup the church will deliver.

This begins Tuesday, March 17th. Just call 518-857-0726

Rensselaer County

Rensselaer City School District

The RCSD Food Service Department will be providing meals to students in the community beginning Wednesday, March 18th. We will be utilizing school bus services to deliver lunch as well as breakfast for the following day, based on your child/children’s scheduled morning bus stop. If you are interested in receiving meals for your child/children, please call Teri Hopper after 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17th at 518-396-3491. We will need to know the following information:

  • Your child/children’s name
  • Parent/guardian name
  • The letter designated to your child/children’s bus for the morning route
  • The nearest intersection
  • Food allergies

Troy City School District

We will continue to provide breakfast and lunch for any student who needs it. Breakfast and lunch will be served at Troy High School from 9:00am to 12:00 noon daily, starting Wednesday, March 18. Any student may come and pick up a “grab-and-go” bag during these times.

Saratoga County

Ballston Spa Central School District

Free and Reduced Breakfasts and Lunches: (available for students enrolled in the program)

Parents or other family members may begin picking up those meals starting March 16, 2020, and each weekday thereafter at the following locations between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm:

  • High School/Middle School Students – Use HS main entrance
  • Malta Students – Use Malta Ave Elementary School main entrance.
  • GC/MT/WR Students- Use Milton Terrace Elementary School Cafeteria Side Entrance
  • Town of Milton – Community Center
  • Town of Malta – Community Center
  • Town of Ballston – Town Hall

Saratoga Springs School District

Breakfast and lunch will be available, free of charge, for any student under the age of 18 each day while SSCSD schools are closed starting on Wednesday, March 18.  Meals may be picked up between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Saratoga Springs High School (outside of the main entrance)
  • Greenfield Elementary School (outside of the main entrance)
  • Dorothy Nolan Elementary School (outside of the main entrance)

Whole Harvest

Whole Harvest on Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs is offering a free salad to any student in need of a healthy meal. They are also accepting donations to help cover the cost of providing meals to kids while schools are closed.

Bookmakers at Holiday Inn

Bookmakers on Broadway at the Holiday Inn is offering a free deli sandwich, applesauce, chips, a cookie and a bottle of water free of charge to any students K-12 from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Saratoga’s Broadway Deli

Broadway Deli will be offering students a free sandwich and fruit cup with juice or water. Take out only, please call ahead 518-682-3416. They are also accepting monetary donations as well as water, juice and shelf stable snacks to help cover the cost of lunches.

Shenendehowa School District

Shenendehowa buses and food service staff will be delivering breakfast and lunch for those in need, free of charge, for students while schools are closed at the following locations:

  • Cheryl’s Lodge/Halfmoon Heights – 12:00pm
  • D&R Village – 12:00pm – 12:30pm
  • North Pointe Apts – 12:00pm – 12:30pm

South Glens Falls School District

Grab-and-go meals for two days will be available for families who qualify on Tuesday and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Glens Falls High School Cafeteria. Families can come to the rear of the building where a staff member will provide the meals. Families will not enter the building. Families can also opt for delivery if they are not able to pick up. Families who participate in this program were contacted today.

Schenectady County

Mohonasen Central School District

The District will provide meals to any in-District students in need starting on Tuesday, March 17th in a “grab and go” manner. Parents may sign up for grab and go meals. The food pick up location for students from all schools is the High School Auditorium Lobby from 9:30am – 11:30am on Tuesday and Thursdays of each week, starting today. Each family will be able to pick up 4 meals per student on each day (breakfast and lunch for 2 days).

Niskayuna School District

During designated hours, Monday, March 16, we will be distributing breakfast items for five days at the High School and Glencliff Elementary School and on Tuesday, March 17, we will be distributing lunch for four days at those schools. Details are below. Food will be provided for any student in need. You can go to either location and do not need to bring anything.

Schenectady City School District

Pickup locations vary by school, view the list here.

  • A-J:  Pick-up Time 10:30 – 11:30am
  • K-T:  Pick-up Time 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • U-Z:  Pick-up Time 12:30 – 1:30pm

Scotia Glenville School District

Effective Tuesday, March 17, breakfast and lunch will be available to all students from 10:30am to 12:30pm weekdays. The pick-up location for these meals will be the High School, 1 Tartan Way (Sacandaga Road) in the side parking lot, which will be marked as a designated area for this purpose. If you are in need of food for your children but cannot come to the high school, we will have food delivered to you. Simply contact the District Office at 518-347-3600, ext. 71100.

Schoharie County

Middleburgh School District

During this extended school closure, Middleburgh Central School will begin to provide free “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch meal service for students (18 and under) effective Tuesday, March 17.

Here’s the details:

Hours of operation: 7:45 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday

Pick-up locations (Choose the closest location to your home):

  • A1 Crewell Feed Store
  • A2 Town of Broome Highway Department
  • A3 Livingstonville Fire House
  • A4Tri-Village Fire House
  • B1 Middleburgh Park and Ride (old turtle rock café)
  • B2 Town of Middleburgh Highway Department
  • B3 Huntersland Fire House
  • C1 Barbers Road Stand
  • C2 Town of Fulton Highway Barn
  • C3 West Fulton Fire House
  • Elementary School Cafeteria Entrance

Students will pick up both breakfast and lunch items during this time.

Warren County

Lake George

  1. Drive Thru service at the Lake George High School. Please pull up to the auditorium doors and remain in your car. Meals need to be picked up between 8 and 9 am.
  2. Home delivery

Queensbury School District

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, through the duration of the closing, we will be serving breakfast from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. and lunch from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Drive Up: Queensbury Middle School (side parking lot)
  • United Methodist Church of Queensbury (460 Aviation Rd, Queensbury)
  • West Glens Falls Fire Department (33 Luzerne Rd, Queensbury)
  • West End Park (117 Luzerne Rd, Queensbury)
  •  South Queensbury Volunteer Fire Department (409 Dix Ave, Queensbury)
  • Needle Park Circle

Washington County

Fort Edward Union Free School District 

Both breakfast and lunch will be provided free for all students. We need parents to complete the survey below so we know how many meals to prepare and where to bring them.