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September 26, 2018

Children Eat for Free This Summer; USDA, YMCA, OCSD Conduct Effort


OSWEGO, NY – “Food that’s in when school is out” is the theme of this summer’s effort to provide a healthy breakfast and lunch to teenagers and youngsters  18 years of age and under.

The USDA, Oswego YMCA and the Oswego City School District School Lunch program have combined for a summer food program providing free breakfast and lunch to children under the age of 18.  Jackie Sheffield of the YMCA, Vanessa Sheffield (YMCA Welcome Center staff member) and Oswego City School District School Lunch Director Dennis Jerome kicked off the summer.

The USDA, Oswego YMCA and the Oswego City School District School Lunch program have combined for a summer food program providing free breakfast and lunch to children under the age of 18. Jackie Sheffield of the YMCA, Vanessa Sheffield (YMCA Welcome Center staff member) and Oswego City School District School Lunch Director Dennis Jerome kicked off the summer.

The United State Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service program will be in full swing with the cooperative effort of the Oswego YMCA and the Oswego City School District School Lunch Program.

The program started June 27 and continues throughout the summer breakfast and lunch will be offered free of charge at four sites in Oswego.

Jackie Sheffield, membership and financial development officer of the YMCA, said, “We are glad to partner with the school district in providing nutritious and healthy meals for youngsters in our community. All we ask is that they come and enjoy. They need not bring any money just an appetite.”

Dennis Jerome, Oswego City School District school lunch director said, “We feed students in our schools throughout the year and this is just an extension of that. This USDA program supplies our youngsters with a healthy meal twice  a day and hopefully many people will partake in the opportunity.”

The program will be conducted at two sites on the west side and a pair of locations on the east side of Oswego.

Breakfast and lunch will be available on the east side at the Oswego YMCA  Youth Center, at Fort Ontario (Building 27) next to the Army Reserve headquarters at 10-11 a.m. for breakfast and 1-2:30 p.m. for lunch as well as at the Hamilton Homes Community Room with breakfast from 9-10 a.m. and lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

On the west side breakfast will be available from 8-9:30 a.m. and lunch at noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Oswego YMCA Armory and from 7:45-10 a.m. for breakfast and 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for lunch at the Oswego High School Cafeteria.

Once again there is no charge for this program and no registration is necessary. The doors of the four locations will be open at the specific hours to serve breakfast and lunch for youngsters 18 years of age and younger.

The program will run to Aug. 17 at the four locations.

Anyone seeking further information should contact the Oswego YMCA at 343-1981 or the Oswego City School District School Lunch office at 341-2022.

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