Governor Cuomo announced a free summer lunch program yesterday for children from low-income families across New York State. New York’s education department issued the program to ensure those who received a reduced-price lunch during the school year would be able to continue to have up to two meals a day.
Cortland already has its own free summer lunch program, sponsored by catholic charities and located at various parks around the city. From July 6th – August 21st, children in need can receive a free lunch at Dexter Park, Randall School park and Sugget Park, as well as the Preble Town Park Pavilion on Tuesday-Friday only.
Three in ten New York children who received school meals also received summer meals, nearly twice the rate of the rest of the country. Nearly 360,000 children across the state received free summer lunches in 2014, up nine percent from 2013.