Thank You!

SICM would like to thank all those who helped support the Summer Lunch program in any way, including serving lunch to the children, providing games and crafts, donating water, spreading the word, or recruiting others to volunteer.  We would not have been able to serve the over 50,000 lunches that we did during the summer of 2013 without your help.  We greatly appreciate your involvement and support!





Summer Lunch page

On this page: (Click items, or just scroll down)

Site Schedule - Lunch Menu - Summer Lunch Wagon

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Summer Lunch Program Description

U-tube video, Rev. Phil interview, summer lunch. See the video

Summer Lunch

For kids 18 and under
Just come—no sign up necessary!

Feeding site does not discriminate against any child
because of race, color, national origin, sex, age or handicap.


NOTE:  Schedule changes below as of 8/13/13.

Lunch Site Address Dates Times
Steinmetz Homes Community Center Emmons Street 6/24 – 8/30 11:45 – 1:00
Trinity Lutheran Church
35 Furman Street SITE NOW CLOSED
Jerry Burrell Park Hamilton Street 6/24 – 8/30 12:15 – 1:30
Hamilton Hill Arts Center 412 Schenectady Street 6/24 – 8/30 12:30 – 1:45
Quackenbush Park
New Consecration Temple 1312 State Street 6/24 – 8/30 1:00 – 2:15
Christ Centered Unity Missionary Baptist 113 S Brandywine Ave SITE NOW CLOSED
Friendship House
955 State Street SITE NOW CLOSED
Faith United Methodist Church
811 N Brandywine Ave SITE NOW CLOSED
Central Park Central Parkway 6/24 – 8/30 12:00 – 1:15
Yates Village Community Center 2200 Van Vranken Ave 6/24 – 8/30 12:15 – 1:30
Steinmetz Park
Lenox Road (North End) SITE NOW CLOSED
Hillhurst Park
State Street Presbyterian Church 1 Catherine Street 7/8 – 8/30 1:00 – 2:15
miSci (Schenectady Museum) 15 N. Terrace Heights 7/8 – 8/30 11:30 – 12:45
Faith Deliverance Tabernacle 1028 Ostrander Place SITE NOW CLOSED
Wallingford Park
Congress & 5th Street SITE NOW CLOSED
Mount Olivet Missionary Baptist Church 809 Strong Street SITE NOW CLOSED
Front Street Pool Front Street SITE NOW CLOSED
Schenectady Public Library
Clinton Street SITE NOW CLOSED
New Day Christian Empowerment Center 1259 Chrisler Ave 6/24 – 8/30 1:00 – 2:15
Collins Park
Schonoee Ave, Scotia SITE NOW CLOSED

Call 2-1-1 to find the site closest to you!
Sites operate Monday through Friday.
*All sites are closed on July 4th
Sponsored by Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM)
For more information call 374-2683 or

Download this table, PDF copy


All meats are turkey based. Some food items contain peanuts.
NOTE: Collins Park has a different menu.
Collins Park Lunch provided by Campus Kitchens at Union College.
Meal Rotation 1: June 24-28 July 8-12 July 22-26 Aug 5-9 Aug 19-20
Meal Rotation 2: July1-5 July 15-19 July 29-Aug 2 Aug 12-16 Aug 26-30

Choice Day
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
PBJ sandwich
on grain-rich bread

tuna pouch
w/ crackers

Parmalat, fresh veggies,
fresh fruit, fruit juice,& snack
Turkey ham
and cheese on
a bun

Milk, fresh veggies,
fresh fruit, fruit juice, & snack
Chicken patty
on a bun

Milk, fresh veggies,
fresh fruit, fruit juice,
& snack
Turkey &
cheese and
lettuce in soft
grain-rich wheat wrap

Milk, fresh fruit, fruit juice, & snack
Cheese pizza
on grain-rich

Milk, fresh veggies, fresh
fruit, fruit juice, & snack
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
PBJ sandwich
on grain rich bread

tuna pouch
w/ crackers

Parmalat, fresh veggies, fresh fruit, fruit juice,& snack
Hot dog
on a bun

Milk, fresh veggies,
fresh fruit, fruit juice, & snack
Chicken patty
on a bun

Milk, fresh veggies,
fresh fruit, fruit juice, & snack
Turkey &
cheese and
lettuce in soft
grain-rich wheat wrap

Milk, fresh fruit, fruit juice,& snack
Cheese pizza
on grain-rich

Milk, fresh veggies, fresh fruit, fruit juice, & snack

Tuesday through Friday lunches are served with milk (1% Low-fat, Fat-free Chocolate)
and Monday lunches are served with Parmalat.
Every lunch is served with seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, juice, and a snack.
Snacks consist of 1 ounce Frito-Lay assortment or two cookies.
Packet condiments: mayo, mustard and ketchup
All Summer Lunch sites will be closed on July 4th.
Sponsored by Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM).
For more information: call 374-2683 or

Download this table, PDF copy

Summer Lunch Wagon

Beginning July 1 and running through August 30, SICM will introduce a new way for children in Schenectady to receive Summer Lunch.  Rather than going to a physical site, the site will come to the children!  A Summer Lunch Wagon will make its way through various parts of Schenectady to provide lunch to children who may qualify for free or reduced lunch during the school year.  Each summer SICM sponsors the Summer Lunch program and feeds 1000+ children a day for a total of almost 40,000 lunches a summer.  The schedule of locations and times is below but is subject to change.  The information will be updated here as necessary.

Summer Lunch Wagon Stops Address Dates Times
Zoller Elementary School 1180 Lancaster St 7/1 - 8/30 12:30 - 12:45
MacGathan Townhouses Jerry Street 7/1 - 8/30 12:55 - 1:10
South Gate Apartments Frank & Albany St 7/1 - 8/30 1:20 - 1:35
New Mt Pleasant Bakery 941 Crane St 7/1 – 8/30 1:55 - 2:10
SICM Food Pantry 839 Albany St 7/1 – 8/30 3:00 - 3:15
State Street Presbyterian Church 1 Catherine St 7/1 - 8/30 3:25 - 3:45

Quackenbush Park (Added)

  8/19 - 8/30 12:15 - 12:45
Hillhurst Park (Added)   8/19 - 8/30 1:00 - 1:30

Download Summer Lunch Wagon flier

SICM Summer Lunch Wagon Enjoys Taste of Success!

The Summer Lunch Wagon is made possible through a grant from the United Way of the Greater Capital Region.  Initially the goal was to serve between 50 and 60 children a day, gradually growing to maybe 150 a day, but by the end of the first week, word had spread about the Lunch Wagon, and the numbers have continued to climb steadily, well past expectations.  The numbers are expected to increase, especially after some of the other Summer Lunch sites in the city begin to close as of August 16. 

SICM's SUMMER LUNCH WAGON through July 26, 2013








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Filling a need by filling their bellies: Summer Lunch 2013

For nineteen years, the SICM free Summer Lunch Program has helped hungry children. Without this program, many kids would not have a regular midday meal throughout the summer. Lunches are served at locations specifically targeted to reach the largest number. At the sites, nearly 100% of the children qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. The NYS Education Department and the US 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 about 1,000+ children each day.

SICM serves at several of the city’s parks, including Quackenbush, Jerry Burrell, Central,  Hillhurst, Wallingford, Steinmetz, and Front Street Pool this summer.  Lunch is also provided at two of the city’s municipal housing locations: Yates Village and Steinmetz Homes.  Our church sites include Faith United Methodist Church (Eastern & Brandywine), Trinity Lutheran Church (Central State Street cluster, Furman Street), Friendship House (955 State Street), Mt. Olivet (Strong Street), Faith Deliverance Tabernacle (Ostrander St.), and two new church sites:  Christian Empowerment Center (Chrisler Ave.), and State Street Presbyterian Church (Catherine and State Streets).   Our remaining sites are: The Schenectady Public Library (Clinton St.), and the Hamilton Hill Arts Center (Schenectady St.)  All sites are open to anyone age 18 and under, and there is no enrollment required. Also new this summer is a site at the Schenectady Museum (miSci) on Nott Terrance.

This year, the program runs five days a week from June 24th- August 30 (not July 4), the entire duration of summer vacation. In case of rain, each site has a sheltered area.  Last summer, over 34,000 meals were prepared and distributed.  The food is a variety of hot lunches and cold lunches, following a menu which closely mirrors that of the meals children receive in school.  All sites will be closed for the 4th of July.

SICM is also working 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 a program at Quackenbush, Hillhurst, and Steinmetz Parks, and the YMCA,  runs a day program at Jerry Burrell Park. The Hamilton Hill Art Center runs summer camp. The YWCA runs programs at the pool.   In addition, we are working in conjunction with the County SCORE Camp at Central Park. 

At two of the park lunch sites in Schenectady (Hillhurst and Steinmetz Park), SICM will offer its “Safe Parks/Edible Playgrounds” program, teaching children the basics of growing, cultivating, and harvesting a garden (an “edible playground”).  Children will be able to participate in this program before or after summer lunch, depending on the site.  More information and registration materials are available online at  or at each site on the first day of the program.