Skaneateles CSD Launches Food Program During School Closure
School Lunch Director Emily Cullen and her cafeteria staff at Skaneateles Central School District have been working hard to get a food program ready for students during this period of closure.
Following approval by the New York State Education Department to move ahead with a program, Cullen and her staff determined the nutritional needs of students through online surveys and phone calls to families, and meals for students were prepared immediately. The school district is offering breakfast and lunch to any students who need it via pickup or delivery.
“Our transportation department has graciously partnered with us to deliver meals,” Cullen said. “Parents can either pick up meals or have them delivered. The transportation team has been a tremendous help to us.”
In addition to the lunch staff and transportation departments, members of the community have reached out to aid in any way possible.
“I’ve been in contact with Skaneateles Outreach and we are coordinating efforts to take monetary donations for families in need of assistance,” Cullen said. “Skaneateles Outreach will utilize the money to purchase gift cards from local businesses and restaurants to help support our community partners during this time.”
The Skaneateles food pantry is also providing food for pick-up at the pantry on Tuesdays from 9-9:45 a.m. To ensure adequate resources, the pantry is requesting new families call prior to Tuesday morning. The pantry is also planning to put food together for SCSD staff to distribute to families in the school community.
“I am hoping more families reach out for assistance,” Cullen said. “Together we can ensure our students receive the nutrition they need.”