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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 through the 20-21 school year.

In-Person Learners: Meals are 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 two sites — ESM Central High School or East Syracuse Elementary from 9-10 a.m. 
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 two sites — ESM Central High School 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 sign up by calling 315-434-3304 or email

Grab & Go Meals on Emergency/Snow Days: In the event of inclement weather or any other emergency that results in ESM schools closing, the following
schedule will apply: 

  • Snow day on a Monday – pick up 3 meals on Tuesday  (MTW)
  • Snow day on a Tuesday – pick up 2 meals on Wednesday  (TW)
  • Snow day on a Thursday – pick up 2 meals on Friday  (ThF)
  • 1 or 2 hour delay on Mon/Tues/Th: Pick up times at all 3 schools will be postponed to 10-11 a.m. (instead of 9-10 a.m.)
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