OCO Summer Food Service Program providing free meals for Oswego County children

Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Nutrition Services is partnering with USDA’s Summer Food Service Program to provide free meals to all children 18 years and under. Pictured is a young girl has lunch at Hamilton Homes in Oswego. Meals will be available at a number of sites throughout Oswego County. For more information contact OCO Nutrition Services at 315-598-4712 ext. 0 or visit www.oco.org.

FULTON – Lori Halstead, coordinator of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Nutrition Services, has announced that OCO is participating in this year’s Summer Food Service Program. Funded through the USDA and administered locally by the New York State Education Department, the Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to children throughout the summer months.

“Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy playtime with friends, a week at camp, a family vacation, or time at the pool. But for many children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. Once again we have partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide free meals to children while school is out for the summer. There are no income requirements. All school aged children ages 18 and under are invited to enjoy a free meal” said Halstead.

Meals will be available at the following sites and times. All locations will be closed Thursday, July 4 in recognition of the holiday. Orders for meals are placed at the site the day before attending.

Crisafulli Ice Rink, 34 Fort Ontario Road, Oswego

Lunch noon–1 p.m. Snack 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday - July 1-Aug. 30.

Cleveland Village Park, 65 North St., Cleveland

Breakfast 10-10:20 a.m. Lunch noon-12:20 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 8-Aug. 16.

CNY Arts, 121-125 Cayuga St., Fulton

Lunch noon–12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 8-Aug. 2.

Fulton CYO, 808 West Broadway, Fulton

Breakfast 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Lunch noon–12:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 1–Aug. 23.

Fulton YMCA, 715 West Broadway St., Fulton

Breakfast 8:30-9:30 a.m. Lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 1–Aug. 28.

Hamilton Homes, 96 Hamilton St., Oswego

Lunch noon-1 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 1-Aug. 9.

Hannibal Recreation, 824 County Route 34, Hannibal

Lunch 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Snack 2–2:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, July 8-Aug. 16.

Oswego YMCA, 265 West 1st Street, Oswego

Lunch 11:30 a.m. –1 p.m. Snack 3:30-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 26-Aug. 30.

Laura Sharp Elementary, 2 Hinman Road, Pulaski

Breakfast 8-9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Lunch 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 1-Aug. 9.

Taft Bay Park 851 St. Route 49, Bernhards Bay

Lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Snack 2:30-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 8-Aug. 22.

West Monroe Park 2 Depot Rd., West Monroe

Lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 8-Aug. 5.

Times and dates are subject to change.

“OCO Nutrition Services has sponsored the Summer Food Service program for the past 8 years and have served over 133,000 meals to children in our communities,” said Halstead. “We are happy to be offering this program again and I encourage families to participate and remember that hunger doesn’t take a vacation.”

Meals will be provided to all children 18 years and under without charge. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit a completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail:

U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Persons interested in receiving more information should contact: Oswego County Opportunities, 239 Oneida St., Fulton, N.Y. 13069-1228 of phone 315-598-4712 ext. 0.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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