The Fulton City School District has remained committed to feeding local children while schools are closed for the health and safety of all during the global coronavirus pandemic.
Thanks to the district’s dedicated food service department, administrators, faculty and staff members and various volunteers, over 57,000 meals have been distributed to local children. Nutritious breakfasts and lunches have been prepared, packaged and distributed since April 17.
Food Service Director Terry Warwick extended her gratitude to her staff, bus drivers, grounds crew, monitors and aides for all they do each day to collaborate “with us to make this happen in our community.”
“It has been trial and error, but we finally have a system that works; It is quite a production,” she said.
Both bagged meals and pre-cooked entrees to be re-heated at homes have been available. Some lunches have included hamburger on a bun, popcorn chicken and biscuit, chicken and gravy with mashed potatoes, and several other entrees. Fruits, vegetables, milk and grains are offered with each meal. Variety, Warwick said, is important.
Meals have been packaged and delivered with the help of community industry partner, Huhtamaki. Warwick said Mark Southwick and his entire staff at the plant donated and delivered cases of special containers and lids for the district to use in its meal preparations. Containers were made with special messages of the importance of social distancing and encouraging thoughts to remain safe and well.
All children under the age of 18 in households where there is at least one child enrolled in the Fulton City School District are eligible to receive the breakfasts and lunches. Meals are provided between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with multiple meals available to last as they may during a typical school week.
East side pick-ups locations include: Fairgrieve Elementary School (basketball court door), 716 Academy St.; Fulton Education Center (use door 2), 167 S. 4th St.; Volney Elementary School (loading dock), 2592 State Route 3; Oswego County Opportunities (upper parking lot), Oneida Street between 3rd and 4th streets; Crosby Hill Trailer Park (mailboxes), State Route 3 *8:30-9:30 am. ONLY; Kerifein Trailer Park (mailboxes), Silk Road *9:30-10:30 a.m. ONLY; Greenacres Trailer Park (mailboxes), County Route 6 *10:30-11:30 a.m. ONLY; Riverscape Apartments (office), County Route 57 *8:30-9:30 a.m. ONLY and Gilberts Grove (near main office), 1100 Emery St. *9:45-10:45 a.m. ONLY. If families previously received meals at Volney Town Hall, they are asked to go to Volney Elementary, or another nearby location, to pick up meals.
West side pick-up locations include: Lanigan Elementary School (main door), 59 Bakeman St.; Granby Elementary School (pool entrance on East side of building), 400 W. 7th St.; G. Ray Bodley High School (door near tennis courts), 6 William Gillard Drive; Catholic Charities (parking lot), 808 W. Broadway; Granby Town Hall (parking lot), 820 County Route 8 and Seventh Day Adventist Church (4th Street parking lot), 45 W. 4th St. South.
Meal delivery also is available for families in extenuating circumstances.