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School Based Emergency Food Resources:
The school districts in Wayne County are working very hard to provide free meals to their students while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many families are already using this amazing service but there are several misconceptions about the school meals that may be preventing other families from taking advantage of these free meals.
The first misconception is that there is not enough food for everyone or that the schools do not have enough money to provide food for everyone. This is not true. The schools have enough money and there is plenty of food to provide meals to the students in each school district. In fact, it is better for the schools to provide more meals, so if receiving a meal from the school district would be helpful or even just a convenience for your family, don’t hesitate to contact your district and get meals for your child(ren).
The second misconception is that food packaging or even food itself can transmit the Coronavirus so it is safer to not bring a meal from the school district into your home. The CDC, FDA, and the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell have shared that there is no evidence that food packaging or food are responsible for spreading Coronavirus and that they pose very little risk. According to the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell the recommendation for bringing food into your home (whether groceries, take-out, a meal from the school) is to “place the shopping bags on the floor and first wash your hands. Afterwards, remove the food from the shopping bags, discard or recycle single use bags or put away reusable bags; there is no need to discard or sanitize any part of food packaging. Wash your hands again after food has been stored away before touching your face or the food. If the shopping bag touched the counter or a surface, clean the surface with a sanitizing wipe or solution.” For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about food safety related to COVID-19 you can visit https://instituteforfoodsafety.cornell.edu/coronavirus-covid-19/food-safety-recommendation-consumer/.
Below is information about each school districts' current meal service procedures and how you can sign up to receive meals for your child(ren).
Gananda Central School District -– For those interested in food pick-up for Breakfast and Lunch, pick-up will be at Richard Mann Elementary from 11am-1pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays beginning March18. Students ages 3-18 are eligible for food service. To participate, drive up through the bus loop and we will deliver right to your car.
Williamson Central School District – Meal pick up will be Monday – Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm at the High School Cafeteria Patio Door. Meals will include a lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day. On Thursday, May 7th, you will receive meals for both Thursday and Friday. There will be no meal delivery or pick up on Friday, May 8th.Anyone is able to pick up the meals for your student. If you or a designee are ABSOLUTELY unable to pick up meals due to transportation constraints, we have delivery on a limited basis, you will make that request on the survey. You must fill out the survey each week, please fill out the survey by 12pm on the Friday before the week you would like to receive meals. Please only fill out the survey if you need meals. Any questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office 315-589-9661 and leave a message. You can find the up-to-date survey on the districts website at williamsoncentral.org/ under the News section.
Newark Central School District- the district is working on a plan to make sure that children have access to breakfast and lunch each day. Please complete the survey on the Newark school district website (https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=dmmgpewwNk-_NT-kBnGJcOcPQ_Z4f7dAtrsYQRH8zztUQllFM1EzS1BUU0REQ08yM0pNTkJMWjJJMS4u) if you would like your child to receive daily breakfast and lunch while school is closed. There will delivery or pickup on Mondays and Wednesdays while school is closed. Monday will provide 2 lunches and 2 breakfasts. Wednesday will provide 3 lunches and 3 breakfasts.
Palmyra – Macedon Central School District – The district continues to provide free meals to students in need during the school closure. Lunch and breakfast (for days on which school would normally have been in session) will be available free of charge to every Pal-Mac student, regardless of whether the student normally qualifies for free or reduced-price meals. Families can use the survey form at palmaccsd.org/food to sign-up for meal service if they have not already done so. In an effort to minimize personal contact, and increase social distancing, the meal service schedule will change effective Monday, March 30. The district will serve multiple meals at a time therefore reducing days of service per week. Meal service will now occur on Monday and Wednesday only. Meal pick-up will continue to occur outside of the Pal-Mac High School main entrance (151 Hyde Parkway, Palmyra) between 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. per the schedule outlined above. Please pull up along the curb near the main entrance flagpoles and remain in your vehicle. Someone will bring the meals to you. For assistance with the online form, or with questions about the program, please call 315-597-3407. Please leave a message if no one answers.
Marion Central School District - Beginning on Wednesday, March 25th, meals will be available for pickup at the Marion Elementary School from 11 AM until 12:30 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays only.Two days worth of meals will be picked up on Monday, and three days worth on Wednesday. By dividing our food service staff into two teams, each preparing and delivering food only once a week, we limit their potential exposure to one time a week. If you are unable to pick up meals, but still wish to receive the meals, then please call 315-926-2409 to make other arrangements. If no one answers, please leave your name and number and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
Lyons Central School District- the district is providing meals for students free of charge. A school vehicle will come to your home to deliver breakfast and lunch to you between 12pm and 2pm Monday – Friday starting Wednesday, March 18 th through Monday April 14 th. If you would like to opt out of receiving free meals, notify staff of allergies, or notify staff that meals need to be delivered to a different address please email the district at email@example.com. Please include your name, your child(rens) name(s) and your address in all emails to the district about meal service.
Clyde- Savannah Central School District-
Two distribution sites:
Savannah Fire Hall at 1770 New York Rt. 89, Savannah and
MS/HS building at 215 Glasgow Street, Clyde
Both sites will provide multiple meals on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30am to 12:15pm
If you would like to receive a meal at one of these sites please contact the district by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at: 315-902-3000 ext. 6006
North Rose – Wolcott Central School District - Beginning May 11th, breakfast and lunch will be delivered directly to all students in the district on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9 am – 11am. There will no longer be an option to pick up meals at the high school. Every student will have meals for Monday and Tuesday delivered each Monday. Meals for Wednesday and Thursday will be delivered on Wednesday, and Friday’s breakfast and lunch will be delivered each Friday. All students in the district are automatically enrolled in this delivery program and will have meals delivered directly to their homes. There is no action required to participate in the delivery program. If you would like to opt-out of meal delivery for your child, please contact us by emailing email@example.com or calling (315)594-5510.
Red Creek Central School District-The district has set up a distribution site for Tuesdays and Thursdays for which you will receive three breakfasts and three lunches for each child. The pick-up location will be in front of the High School (loading dock entrance). Cones and signage will be posted at the site. Pick-ups will be available between 10:30 am and noon. These meals are free of charge to the students of the community during the shutdown. If you are interested in receiving meals from this site, the District is requesting that you contact us to ensure we meet the needs of our students. Please fill out the form located at https://tinyurl.com/t9ksfcd and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wayne Central School District- If you are in need of meals for your children 18 and under, please call 315-524-1001 and leave a message or email email@example.com to register by Monday, April 20th for the next meal distribution. To those families already receiving the meal distribution, you do not need to call or email. You will receive an email reminder prior to the next distribution date.
Sodus Central School District: Sodus Central School District will be serving breakfast and lunch to its students while the campus is closed due to Covid-19. Meals may be picked up at the Elementary School north entrance, door #8 between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday from March 18, 2020 through May 15th, 2020. Persons interested in receiving more information should contact Steven K. Moore, Business Administrator, Sodus Central School District, P.O. Box 220, Sodus, NY 14551-0220, (315) 483-5201.
Other Community Food Pantries and Emergency Food Resources : if you are unable to access any of the resources listed here please contact Emma Kett, Nutrition and Local Foods Resource Educator at the office for further assistance. Phone: 315-331-8415
St. John’s Food Pantry 315-902-4130
43 West DeZeng Street, Clyde
Open to all community members. Please contact St. John’s Rectory for more information at the number listed above.
Helpful Hearts- Carolyn Cook 315-690-1952
10-12 Geneva Street, Lyons
Hours -Monday-Friday 10-5
- Saturday 9-2
Lyons Community Food Pantry at the Presbyterian Church 315-871-7242
11 Queen Street, Lyons
Serving residents of the Lyons Central School District with Monday - Friday food deliveries. Please call Sharon Lubitow at 315-871-7242 for assistance.
Lesario Deli 315-665-0325
37 Canal Street , Lyons
Lunches- PB+J sandwich or bologna, chips and juice
Fingerlakes WIC- 877-310-5938
Marion Food Pantry 315-926-4235
Second Reformed Church
3757 Mill St. Marion
In the education building behind the church
Thursday 6-7pm and Saturday 9-10am
Newark Food Closet 315-332-8582
301 E. Miller St. Newark
Hours: Monday - Friday 10am to 12pm
Available to Newark, East Palmyra, and Port Gibson zip codes. No appointment necessary.
Wayne County Action Program 315-483-6781
WEB Support Services
7188 Ridge Road, Sodus
Monday 9am – 3pm, Tuesday 9am – 4:30pm, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30am – 3:00pm, Friday 11:30am – 4:30pm
Food boxes available every 30 days, agency form must be filled out, ID, proof of income and address required
Sodus Point United Methodist Church Food Pantry 315.483.4540
7490 South Ontario St.,Sodus Point
Food provided by appointment to Sodus Township residents. Call number above to get the volunteer’s phone number to make an appointment.
Tyre Food Pantry
645 State Rte. 414, Tyre (Seneca County)
Pantry will reopen on May 8th from 2-4 for parking lot, drive through distribution of prepacked food. We will also follow this procedure on May 22nd. On June 12th the pantry will reopen for regular client choice distribution as in the past BUT the hours have changed to 2-4 p.m. Check the Facebook page for updates and to contact the pantry: https://www.facebook.com/tyrereformedchurch/
Daily Bread Food Pantry 315.589.9120
4494 Route 104 East, Williamson NY 14589
Will be open Friday, May 15th from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm.
Emergency Food Pantry for residents of Wayne County.
Williamson United Methodist Church 315.589.8622
4146 E. Main St., Williamson315.926.9438(Naomi Fisher, Director)
Mondays 5:30 to 6:30pm, Tuesdays and Thursday from 9am to 12pm
Pre-filled bags will be handed out during pantry hours.
Wayne Co. Rural Ministry Come-Unity Center, Inc. 315.589.8105
4170 E Main St. Williamson
Serving all Wayne County Residents
Food Pantry: Food boxes are given based on number of people in the household. Tuesday – Friday 10am – 12pm- come to the inside door, give your name and household size and all computer-based information will be filled out by staff. You can call ahead to give name and household size to make the process faster.Food boxes are given once every 30 days, but an extra emergency box can be obtained one time each year.
Soup kitchen: Lunch-to-go from 12pm to 12:30pm Tuesday - Friday
FoodLink Emergency Food Box Distribution - visit https://foodlinkny.org/where-to-find-foodlinks-emergency-food-supply-boxes/ for information on Contents of Boxes, Social Distancing Practices, the No-Contact Model, the Check-in Process, and What to Bring
Tuesday, April 28th: Clyde-Savannah Central School District Complex (3:30-5:30pm)
Pre-register by calling 315-359-8024
Thursday, April 30th: Wayne Central School District Complex (3:30-5:30pm)
Pre-register by calling 315-359-8024
OTHER MOBILE FOOD PANTRY SITE INFORMATION: Call 211 or visit https://211lifeline.org/taxonomy.php?&tax=BD&county=WAY&tax=BD-1800
MyBenefits.Gov - New York State residents can visit this web site to find out if you are eligible for help through SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), Nutrition Education, Temporary Assistance, HEAP, WIC, School Meals and Summer Meal Programs.
SNAP / (formerly Food Stamp) benefits help low-income working people, seniors, the disabled and others feed their families. The USDA’s SNAP-Ed connection web site provides great tips and resources. Choose from: Healthy Eating on a Budget, 10 Steps to Help fill your grocery bag, Ways to Manage Your Food Dollars and MORE at: http://snap.nal.usda.gov/resource-library/eat-right-when-moneys-tight .
Find free summer meals in your area by simply entering your zip code in "find sites" on the map.
The SNAP-to-Market website helps you find NY Farmers' Markets where you can use your SNAP benefits (formerly Food Stamps) and explains how to make Farmers' Market purchases with them. You'll also find information on when fruits and vegetables are in-season at your market, and recipes to use with produce you buy.
WIC - the Women, Infants & Children’s Supplemental Food Program provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals to community services for low-income pregnant and post-partum women and their children under five years of age. Breastfeeding support is available. Find out if you are eligible for WIC, see a schedule of monthly WIC clinics in locations around Tompkins County, and other WIC resources on this website. Tompkins County Health Department, 55 Brown Road, Ithaca, New York 14850
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Last updated May 5, 2020