YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown City School District's food distribution will expand to include nondistrict students next week.
The United States Department of Agriculture, which administers school lunch programs, decided this week to continue its Summer Food Service Program, which enabled YCSD to feed all students, age 1 to 18, throughout last spring and summer, regardless of what school or district they attended.
The decision means that YCSD’s weekly food distribution will expand beyond just its students starting next week.
“We’re excited to be able to feed more scholars during this time of unprecedented need,” Tascin Brooks, YCSD food service chief, said in a news release. “The change means that all scholars, ages 1 to 18, will be fueled with healthy, nutritious meals that prepare them for learning.”
Next week’s distribution will be Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday. It will return to Monday the following week. The distribution will be curbside, and five breakfasts and five lunches per student will be given out from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following sites:
- Paul C. Bunn Elementary, 1825 Sequoya Drive;
- Harding Elementary, 1903 Cordova Ave.;
- Martin Luther King Elementary, 2724 Mariner Ave.;
- Volney Rogers Elementary, 2400 S. Schenley Ave.;
- Williamson Elementary, 58 Williamson Ave.;
- Wilson Elementary, 2725 Gibson Ave.;
- Chaney High, 731 S. Hazelwood Ave.;
- East High, 474 Bennington Ave.
No scholar identification cards will be needed to pick up the meals.
“Any decision that means more scholars will be fed is a good decision,” CEO Justin Jennings said in the release. “This is just another opportunity for us to help more families. I’m glad we’ll be able to offer meals to more scholars like we did this past spring and summer.”