The Vestal Central School District this week is resuming the Summer Food Service program offering free meals to children age 18 and younger.

The meals are eat-in only and are being served Monday through Friday at the Clayton Avenue Elementary School.

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Breakfast is served from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  No meals are being delivered and meals cannot be taken off-site.

According to officials with the Vestal School District, the program is modified from the prior couple of years when the pandemic forced food to be handed out for take away and, in the first months of COVID, using a drive-through distribution at sites throughout the district.

Those working with agencies to address food insecurity say there is an increase in the need for food services during the summer months when children who normally are able to avail themselves of the free and reduced-cost school meal programs during the regular school year, find they are without resources for lunch and sometimes breakfast as well.

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The Vestal school district Summer Meals will continue through August 19 and are available to all children including those involved in sports and other activities.

The Clayton Avenue Elementary School is located at 209 Clayton Avenue in Vestal.

In accordance with Federal Civil Rights Law, the program is offered free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age or in reprisal for prior civil rights activity. For more information, contact the Vestal Central School District at (607) 757-3495.

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