Summer Meals 2015

The 2015 Summer Meals program was a huge success, breaking records in number of summer lunch sites and number of lunches served.  We served over 75,000 lunches at 45 sites around the city of Schenectady.  Watch for information about Summer 2016!

For more than 20 years, the SICM free summer meals program has helped hungry children here in Face paintingSchenectady. Without this program, many children would not have a regular midday meal throughout the summer. Lunches are served at locations specifically targeted to reach the largest number of hungry children. At most of SICM’s summer lunch sites, nearly 100% of the children qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. The NY State Education Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture fund SICM’s summer lunch program by reimbursing SICM for each meal served. Lunch is available to youth 18 and under, and we expect to feed an average of over 1,500 children each day.

This year we will be serving at 30 fixed sites, with 24 continuing from last year plus 6 brand new sites.  Our fixed sites continuing from last year included:

  • seven of the City’s parks
  • two of the city’s municipal housing locations
  • ten church sites and
  • five key additional sites such as Schenectady Public Library, miSci, and the Hamilton Hill Arts Center

Our new fixed sites for Summer Lunch 2015 included:

  • four churches
  • an elementary school and
  • a townhouse location that previously served as a mobile site

            Afood truckdditionally, we are continuing our successful mobile lunch service into a third year of operation.  This year we will have two mobile lunch trucks of our own, serving a total of 15 sites:  8 continuing from last year plus 7 new sites.

            All sites are open to anyone age 18 and under, and there is no enrollment required.

SICM works in conjunction with other programs running at sites during the summer that provide activities for children. For example, the Boys and Girls Club of Schenectady has programs at Quackenbush, Hillhurst, and Steinmetz Parks, and the YMCA runs a day program at Jerry Burrell Park. The Hamilton Hill Arts Center also runs a summer camp, and we are working in conjunction with the County SCORE Camp at Central Park.

SICM plans to operate a six-week faith based summer camp at Steinmetz Park

A detailed schedule showing all sites and the serving times for each site is available here.


Bellevue Reformed 2000 Broadway 6/29-7/24 11:30-12:45
Bethel AME 540 Mumford Street 7/6-7/31 1:00-2:15
Central Park Central Parkway 6/29-9/4 12:00-1:15
Christ Centered Unity Missionary Bap'st 113 S. Brandywine Avenue 7/6-8/21 11:30-12:45
*Collins Park Schonowee Avenue, Scotia 6/29-8/21 12:00-1:15
Faith Deliverance Tabernacle 1028 Ostrander Place 6/29-8/14 12:00-1:15
Faith United Methodist 811 N Brandywine Ave 6/29-8/21 11:15-12:30
First Reformed of Schenectady 8 North Church Street 7/20-7/31 1:00-2:15
Friendship House 955 State Street 6/29-9/4 12:30-1:45
Hamilton Hill Arts Center 412 Schenectady Street 7/6-8/21 12:45-2:00
Hillhurst Park Campbell Avenue 6/29-8/21 1:15-2:30
Jerry Burrell Park Hamilton Street 6/29-9/4 12:30-1:45
Lincoln Elementary School 2 Robinson Street 7/6-8/14 1:00-2:15
MacGathan Town Houses Off Watt Street, right past South Gate 7/6-8/21 1:15-2:30
miSci (Schenectady Museum) 15 No; Terrace Heights 7/6-8/28 11:30-12:45
MLK School 918 Stanley Street 6/29-9/4 1:30-2:45
Mount Olivet Missionary Baptist 1068 Park Avenue 7/6-8/14 11:30-12:45
New Bethel Church of God in Christ 2020 Broadway Avenue 7/27-8/21 11:30-12:45
New Day Chris*an Empowerment Center 1259 Chrisler Avenue 6/29-9/4 12:15-1:30
Quackenbush Park Forest Road 6/29-8/21 11:45-1:00
Refreshing Spring Church of God in Christ 327 Georgetta Dix Plaza 7/6-8/14 1:15-2:30
Schenectady Public Library Clinton Street 6/29-8/21 11:45-1:00
State Street Presbyterian 1 Catherine Street 6/29-8/21 12:15-1:30
Steinmetz Homes Community Center Emmons Street 6/29-9/4 11:45-1:00
Steinmetz Park 2114 Lenox Road 6/29-8/21 12:15-1:30
The Bridge Chritian Church 735 Crane Street 6/29-8/7 12:45-2:00
Trinity Lutheran 35 Furman Street 6/29-8/14 12:45-2:00
Wallingford Park Congress & 5th Street 6/29-8/28 12:30-1:45
Woodlawn Park (Tuesday-Thursday only) Kings Road / Ricci Avenue 7/7-8/6 1:00-2:15
Yates Village Community Room 2200 VanVranken Avenue 6/29-9/4 12:00-1:15


Carrie Street Park Dead End of Carrie Street 6/29-9/4 11:40-11:55
Downtown YMCA 433 State St. (Franklin Street Parking Lot) 6/29-8/21 12:45-1:00
Ellis Hospital McClellan Campus 6/29-9/4 11:15-11:30
Elmer Elementary 90 Elmer Avenue 6/29-9/4 11:35-11:50
Front Street Pool 157 Front Street 6/29-9/4 1:10-1:25
Harmony Fellowship 888 Albany Street 6/29-9/4 12:40-12:55
MacGathan Town Houses Community Room, Jerry Street 8/24-9/4 2:05-2:20
Mont Pleasant Library 1026 Crane Street 6/29-9/4 2:00-2:15
Orchard Park 733 Orchard Street 6/29-9/4 1:40-1:55
South Ave Park 669 South Avenue 6/29-9/4 12:25-12:40
South Gate Apartments 1963 Watt Street 6/29-9/4 1:45-2:00
State Street Extension 15 Mynderse Street 6/29-9/4 1:00-1:15
Vale Neighborhood Corner of Eagle & Maple Streets 6/29-9/4 1:20-1:35
Yates Elementary 725 Salina Street 6/29-9/4 12:00-12:15
Zoller Elementary 1880 Lancaster Street 6/29-9/4 12:00-12:15