OCO Summer Food Service Program Providing Free Meals for Oswego County Children

FULTON, NY – Lori Halstead, coordinator of Oswego County Opportunities Nutrition Services, has announced that OCO is participating in this year’s Summer Food Service Program.

Funded through the New York State Education Department, the Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to children throughout the summer months.

“Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy playtime with friends, a week at camp, a family vacation, or time at the pool. But for many children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. Once again we have partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide free meals to children while school is out for the summer. There are no income requirements. All school aged children ages 18 and under are invited to enjoy a free meal” said Halstead.

Meals will be available at the following sites and times.

All locations will be closed in observance of the Fourth of July holiday on Monday, July 4.

Orders for meals are placed at the site the day before you attend.

Butch Ponzi Recreation, Building #27 Fort Ontario Complex, Oswego
Lunch noon – 1 p.m. Snack 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 2 – August 17

Camp Zerbe, 235 State Route 104, Williamstown
Lunch noon – 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 25- August 10

Church of the Holy Trinity 309 Buffalo St., Fulton
Breakfast 8 – 8:30 a.m. Monday – Friday, August 6 – August 10

Cleveland Park, 65 North St., Cleveland
Breakfast 10 – 10:30 a.m. and lunch noon – 12:30 p.m. Monday throughu Friday, July 9 – August 17

CNY Arts, 47 S. First St., Fulton
Lunch noon – 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 9 – August 17

Fulton CYO, 808 W. Broadway, Fulton
Breakfast 9 – 9:45 a.m. and lunch noon – 12:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 9 – August 31

Fulton YMCA, 715 W. Broadway, Fulton
Breakfast, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. and lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 25 – August 24

Hamilton Homes, 96 Hamilton St., Oswego
Lunch, noon – 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 2 – August 10

Hannibal Recreation, 824 County Route 34, Hannibal
Lunch, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday (not open on Thursday), July 9 – August 17

Oswego YMCA, 265 W. First St., Oswego
Lunch, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and snack 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday June 25 – August 31

Pulaski Recreation, Haldane Building, 16 Maple Ave. Ext., Pulaski
Breakfast, 8 – 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and lunch 11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 2 – August 10

Taft Bay Park 851 State Route 49, Bernhards Bay
Lunch, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and snack 2:30 – 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 27 – August 16

West Monroe Park 2 Depot Road, West Monroe
Lunch, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 9 – August 9

Times and dates are subject to change.

“OCO Nutrition Services has sponsored the Summer Food Service program for the past 7 years and have served 119,000 meals to children in our communities,” said Halstead. “We are happy to be offering this program again and I encourage families to participate and remember that hunger doesn’t take a vacation.”

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.

For information on the program contact OCO Nutrition Services at 315-598-4712.

OCO, Inc., is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 100 separate locations.

For more information, visit www.oco.org.