HUDSON FALLS — Students packed the lunchroom on Wednesday like it was any other school day, despite it not being during the school year.
Hudson Falls Primary School, like many other area locations, offer a summer lunch (and some offer breakfast too) for free for anyone younger than 18 years old.
The state-sponsored event helps combat troubling statistics for children who are bridging the gap between the end of school and the coming fall classes.
One in six children struggle with hunger in New York state and about 35 percent of households are receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, Feeding America reports.
The food is traditional to the school menu, but allows some children to get a free lunch when most school doors are shut.
“Our mission as a public school is to serve every child that comes to our district,” Hudson Falls school Superintendent Linda Goewey wrote to The Post-Star. “And that is what this feeding program is doing.”
Caitlin Drysdale, the school nutrition food services director at Hudson Falls, called the program “tremendous,” noting the benefits to kindergartners learning the lunchroom system.
Goewey said the program also serves students who attend summer school and summer camps that the district offers.
“I think it’s great,” said Cindy Corey, the food chef at Hudson Falls. “The kids that are hungry during the summer, it gives them something in their bellies when they have nothing else. There’s a lot of hungry kids.”
Both the Ticonderoga Elementary School and Hudson Falls summer food locations are Monday-Friday and offer breakfast and lunch.
Hudson Falls also offers busing routes. The five pickup locations are: 11:30 a.m., Delaware and Third Avenue; 11:31 a.m., John Street and Mosher Hill; 11:35 a.m., Ferry and Wall streets; 11:37 a.m., Main and Sarver streets; 11:40 a.m., Kindergarten Center. They arrive at 11:45 a.m. The drop-off routes begin at 12:15 p.m.
“This program shows the community we are more than a place to learn,” Goewey said. “Schools serve a variety of functions within a community. This feeding site is just one of the many connections we try to build with our families and the larger community.”
To see all of the locations in your area, go to bit.ly/2tsgx6t.