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Free Breakfast/Lunch Program for Distance & In-Person Learners

ESM has been notified that the free meal program providing breakfast and lunch for ALL children 18 and younger will continue this fall starting September 10 through December 31, or until funding is exhausted.

In-Person Learners: Meals will be free for all of ESM’s in-person learners on the days they are at school. For the days students are not in school, families can pick up free “grab & go” meals Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at your choice of three sites — ESM Central High School, Minoa Elementary or East Syracuse Elementary from 9-10 a.m. As a reminder, ALL students start with distance learning Sept. 10-16, followed by a phase-in of in-person learning by grades from Sept. 17-24, so families may choose to pick up meals during the start of school. 
Distance Learners and Other Youth 18 & Younger: Free “grab & go” meals will be available for pick up on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at your choice of three sites — ESM Central High School, Minoa Elementary or East Syracuse Elementary from 9-10 a.m. This includes non-school-age children.

The program is primarily federally funded and includes some state assistance to ensure all children are fed and ready to learn—whether they are learning in the classroom or virtually. 

Available pick-up days for grab & go meals are from 9-10 a.m.: 
  • Monday (one day of meals)
  • Tuesday (two days of meals, Tues./Wed.)
  • Thursday (two days of meals, Thurs./Fri) 
In-person learners will receive FREE breakfast and/or lunch at school on the days they are in school. Therefore, you may not need to pick up meals three times a week.

If you plan to pick up “grab & go” meals, please use this order form (link) which must be completed one week before pick-ups can begin to ensure accurate meal distribution. If you have further questions, please call 315-434-3026 or email

PLEASE NOTE: Under this federal program, ESM is able to provide breakfast and lunch meals free of charge through December 31, or until funding is exhausted. However, it is still important for families to ALSO fill out the free and reduced price meal application using the online form or the paper form that mailed to homes ) so those who qualify can continue received free/reduced price meals for the whole school year.

Required Information: 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)     mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3)     email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider