The Summer Meals Partnership of Rochester, a citywide effort to ensure children ages 18 and younger have access to free, healthy meals while school is out for summer, is delivering meals to neighborhoods that lack nearby Summer Meals sites this summer.
Foodlink and Rochester City School District are using vehicles to reach nine extra sites along with the regular sites in town.
“Summer Meals on Wheels is a game-changer that ensures all kids in the city of Rochester who want and need a summer meal have access right in their neighborhood,” said Dina Faticone, partnership co-chairman and director of community health and engagement at Common Ground Health. “The partnership is thrilled that Foodlink and Rochester City School District have stepped forward to bring to scale the successful pilot from summer 2016.”
Foodlink serves four sites Mondays through Fridays, and has partnered with three other sites that host meals on a rotating basis once or twice per week. In the first few weeks since the program started in July, Foodlink has served about 1,500 extra meals, or an average of 130 per day.
Foodlink’s stops in Rochester include Conkey Corner Park, 92 Conkey Ave.; Lincoln Branch Library, 851 Joseph Ave.; Arnett Branch Library, 310 Arnett Blvd.; Maplewood Community Library, 1111 Dewey Ave.; Lyell Branch Library, 956 Lyell Ave.; Phyllis Wheatley Community Library, 33 Dr. Samuel McCree Way; and Susan B. Anthony Park, 31 Madison St.
“We’re so thankful for our partnership with Rochester Area Community Foundation, which provided the support needed to help formally launch the Summer Meals on Wheels program,” said Terra Keller, partnership representative and chief operating officer for Foodlink. “To reach more children, you have to go to them, which is exactly what this program allows us to do.”
The full Summer Meals program served nearly 400,000 meals at 115 sites in 2016.
For information, visit summermealsroc.org.