ITHACA, N.Y. –– As the number of positive cases of COVID-19 increases locally, and the Ithaca City School District announced that the first member of its community has tested positive for the virus, ICSD has decided to move their free meal program to home delivery only, starting Tuesday.

The Ithaca City School District is offering free meals to all children for the duration of the school closure. Previously, pick-up options were available at schools.

“In order to help support travel and social distancing restrictions, beginning Tuesday, March 24, the ICSD will move to only home delivery for school meals. Meal pickup locations will no longer be operational,” a statement on the ICSD website says.

Meals, breakfast and lunch, are available Monday through Friday from March 16 through April 10. Meals will be delivered to families’ homes on a daily basis.

Any ICSD family can arrange for daily meal delivery by completing the online delivery request form. Families should complete one form per week for all children in the household and submit the form at least 24 hours in advance.

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.

All meals will be delivered to homes only and will be left outside. The ICSD reminds people to not meet the delivery person at the door.

Weekly menus can be found on the district website and the Ithaca School Food Facebook page.

If you have any questions, please call (607) 274-2302, email beth.krause@icsd.k12.ny.us or icsdcommunications@icsd.k12.ny.us, or use the Let’sTalk! portal.

Anna Lamb

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at alamb@ithacavoice.com