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School Meals During Closure

Our dedicated staff are providing free breakfast and lunch to any ICSD child for the duration of the school closure (through June 25). Families do not need to be eligible for free and reduced price lunch in order to receive these meals - they are available to all children, free of charge. 

In order to help support travel and social distancing restrictions, the ICSD moved to only home delivery for school meals beginning Tuesday, March 24. Meal pickup locations are no longer operational.

The meals are delivered to families' homes on a daily basis, Monday through Friday. Please do not meet the delivery person at the door. If you're concerned about the meals being left on the porch, please consider leaving a box or basket outside for the meals to be placed in. Click here to learn how to order meals>>

If you have any questions, please call (607) 274-2302, email or, or use the Let’sTalk! portal.



Grab-and-Go Summer Meals

The ICSD will offer free grab-and-go meals (breakfast and lunch) to all children from July 13 through August 14. The meals will be available for pickup between 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday at the following locations:

Caroline Elementary
2439 Slaterville Road

Enfield Elementary
20 Enfield Main Road

Beverly J. Martin Elementary
302 West Buffalo Street
West Village Apartments
150 West Village Place

Northside Community Center
625 Hancock Street

DeWitt Middle School
560 Warren Road
2020 summer meals program flyer
Weekly Flyer

Download our school meals flyer for the week of June 22-25!

Apply for SNAP

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have wide-ranging health and economic impacts, please know that you may be eligible for programs that will help you buy food for your family, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Click on the button below to learn more and apply today.

Apply for SNAP button

We Are Ithaca Video

The community portrait project, We Are Ithaca, is currently examining the local impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ithaca through short videos that share what life is like for the people and organizations of our community.

This video report by the We Are Ithaca photojournalists highlights the work of our bus drivers and aides who are delivering school meals!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I order meals for my child?

Any ICSD family can arrange for daily meal delivery by completing our online delivery request form (below). Families should complete one form per week for all children in the household. We change the menu weekly and need to be sure we know folks’ allergies and preferences. (Menus can be found on the ICSD Child Nutrition webpage or the Ithaca School Food Facebook page.)

Please submit the delivery request form at least 24 hours in advance. We are able to accommodate all orders and just have a one-day lag time. In order to receive deliveries for the entire following week, orders must be placed between 7:00 a.m. Friday and 12:00 p.m. Sunday. 

Note: if you're using a mobile device to complete the delivery request form, you will have to scroll to the number of each meal that you want to order. 

If you do not have access to the internet, or otherwise need assistance completing the meal delivery request form, please call 2-1-1. The call center is available 24/7 and is also locally staffed Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What supports are available for families who need help with baby supplies?

The ICSD is helping the Child Development Council deliver baby supplies to families in need. If your family has experienced a loss of income or resources and needs help with baby supplies, please complete this online form to sign up for support.

To learn more about the Child Development Council, visit

What if seniors have a balance or owe money on their lunch accounts?

REFUNDS: Refunds for seniors who have a balance in their lunch accounts are processed by June 30. Typically, families have three options to choose from:

  • Have the refund mailed to them (this will take approximately 3-4 weeks from request to be processed)
  • Have the remaining funds transferred to a sibling’s account
  • Donate the remaining funds to the needy student balance

Please let Michelle Yaple ( know which option you choose and she will process your refund as requested. If no request is made, Michelle will automatically transfer your child’s balance to a sibling’s account or the needy student balance. 

Note: We typically do not refund anything under $5. Balances under $5 are transferred to a sibling's account if possible, or donated to the needy student balance.

PAYMENTS: Seniors who owe money on their accounts can still make payments online or by mail:

Michelle Yaple
ICSD Food Service
1601 North Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

(Please note that any balance owed is for purchases made before the extended school closure.)

Are there additional resources for families that qualify for free or reduced-price school meals? 

On May 6, the USDA announced that New York State has been approved for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), which provides nutritional resources to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures. 

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and the New York State Education Department will issue P-EBT benefits to current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households and non-SNAP households, which include children eligible for free and reduced-price school meals, through the State’s SNAP EBT card system.

Families will receive money on a new or existing EBT card to help fill the school meals gap. The average benefit will be $5.70 per day, per student, retroactive to when school initially closed (March 16, 2020 through June 25, 2020). Visit to learn more about SNAP.

Is the Food Banks’ BackPack Program still operational? 

Yes. Backpacks are sent out on Fridays to all sites and on the deliveries to homes. Backpacks normally contain a shelf-stable protein, grains, and canned fruits or vegetables.