ITHACA, N.Y.—Those students who are learning from home in Ithaca City School District will soon be able to receive a week’s worth of meals via delivery from the district as part of a new initiative to alleviate burden on families.

Any student who is learning remotely is eligible to receive the meals. There are also meals still available for daily pick-up from a number of locations around the district.

“The ICSD will offer weekly home deliveries of school meals for any student learning remotely beginning December 2,” the district’s announcement read. “The deliveries will be every Wednesday and will contain enough meals (breakfast and lunch) to feed each child on school days until the following Wednesday.”

ICSD did not provide a specific reason for the new delivery program, but district Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown said it was only coincidentally related to the rise in cases in Tompkins County.

“It actually has been planned for some time now,” Brown said in an email. “In anticipation of cold winter weather approaching, we wanted a more convenient way for families to receive food, especially those who have transportation limitations.”

This is the order form for meal delivery that can be filled out by families interested in enrolling in the program. It must be completed once for all children in the household that need to be added to the delivery route for the rest of the 2020-21 school year. The form must be filled out by Friday to receive deliveries the following week.

Those who want to enroll in the meal pickup program can enroll here and find more information. Meals are available for pick-up between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every weekday at Boynton Middle School, Fall Creek Elementary School and Lehman Alternative Community School.

For in-person learning, breakfast and lunch are still available for students in school, and hybrid learners have been able to eat in school when they are there and are eligible to receive

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com