Schools are closed, but districts on the South Fork know they’re often the best source of nutritious meals for some students, especially those in the free and reduced-price lunch program.
As a result, most districts are continuing to provide food during the COVID-19 crisis. Here’s a rundown of what each district is doing:
The district is providing free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch on weekdays to students from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at a drive-through window located in the back parking lot at Southampton High School, 141 Narrow Lane, Southampton Village.
Tuckahoe Common School District Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik said on Saturday that the district is delivering breakfast and lunch to the homes of students in need.
On Friday, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. stopped by the Tuckahoe school to help out with efforts to deliver the meals.
If any family is in need of meals for students, Mr. Skuggevik said they can reach out to him directly by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grab-and-go meals will be distributed at the back of the high school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Any student in need is eligible, not just those who participate in the free or reduced-price meal program.
Meals are distributed at the high school on a grab-and-go basis to all children, according to Superintendent Richard Burns. Cars will enter the bus loop from Long Lane and follow the signs to the front of the administration entrance, where a curbside distribution station will be set up. Those picking up meals will need to present a student identification card or ID number to receive a meal. According to Mr. Burns, the program is also open to students in the Springs, Amangansett and Montauk school districts. On Friday, in advance of the weekend, the district distributed 900 breakfasts and lunches. Mr. Burns said the district is committed to ensuring all children have access to food.
Watch for updates on the school’s website, easthamptonschools.org.
Remsenburg-Speonk Union Free School District Superintendent and Principal Denise Lindsay-Sullivan said her team is currently working to deliver bagged meals to all of the students in the school who are in the free and reduced-price meal program. “We will do so each day that our schools are shut down,” explained Ms. Lindsay-Sullivan.
The Hampton Bays Middle School cafeteria is open to any child in Hampton Bays who wants breakfast or lunch, from 10 a.m. to noon. If families are unable to pick up meals, they can call the main office and a meal will be delivered.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided each weekday in the basement of the First Baptist Church, located at 141 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike. Breakfast is available at 8 a.m. daily, and lunch can be picked up at noon. Those who need meals delivered should call the school at 631-537-0271.
The Town of Southampton Youth Bureau will be providing grab-and-go healthy snack kits for local youth at the Flanders Community Center, 655 Flanders Road, Flanders. Simply pull up in front of the main entrance of the Flanders Community Center, take a snack kit, and go enjoy your day. Hours are Monday and Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 631-702-2425 or visit southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau.
The Sag Harbor School District is continuing to provide meals to the 167 families that qualify for the free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch programs, according to Sag Harbor School District Interim Principal Jeff Nichols. In total, 83 families have asked for that program to continue for them while the school district buildings are closed.
Cafeteria staff are preparing meals and delivering them either via school bus on bus routes, or families who live within walking distance of the school are able to pick up packaged meals, Monday and Wednesday, at two locations.
For more information, or to find out if you qualify for free and reduced-price meal programs, email Mr. Nichols at email@example.com or Sag Harbor Elementary Principal Matt Malone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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