SiCM serves free lunches in parks and various church lawns during the summer, to children and youth from infancy through age 18. We served over 75,000 meals to hungry kids in 2015. In Schenectady, 80% of our children now qualify for free or reduced rate lunches when school is in session, and too many of these kids would not have regular meals during the summer break. That’s where SiCM and our tremendous teams of volunteers step in.
Last summer SiCM served children and youth at more than 30 locations across the city, including at several of the city’s parks, including:
- Jerry Burrell
Lunch was also provided at three of the city’s municipal housing locations:
- Yates Village
- MacGathan Townhouses
- Steinmetz Homes
School sites include:
- Lincoln Elementary (2 Robinson St.)
- MLK School (918 Stanley St.)
Our church sites included:
- Faith United Methodist Church (Eastern & Brandywine)
- Trinity Lutheran Church (Central State Street cluster, Furman Street)
- Friendship House (955 State Street)
- State Street Presbyterian Church (Catherine and State Streets)
- Mt. Olivet (Wendell Ave.)
- Faith Deliverance Tabernacle (Ostrander St.)
- Bellevue Reformed (2000 Broadway)
- Bethel AME (540 Mumford St.)
- Christ Centered Unity Missionary Baptist (113 S. Brandywine Ave.)
- First Reformed Church of Schenectady (8 North Church St.)
- New Bethel Church of God in Christ (2020 Broadway)
- New Day Christian Empowerment Center (1259 Chrisler Ave.)
- Refreshing Spring Church of God in Christ (327 Georgetta Dix Plaza)
- The Bridge Christian Church (735 Crane Street)
Our remaining sites are:
- Schenectady Public Library (Clinton St.)
- Hamilton Hill Arts Center (Schenectady St.)
- Schenectady Museum (miSci) on Nott Terrance
- Two mobile units that traveled to 15 different locations around the city.
Other sites operated in partnership with, but not by, SiCM.
In 2015, we averaged serving more than 1,500 kids a day. Over 650 volunteers from 66 congregations, non-profit groups and businesses served the meals and interacted with the children.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Summer Lunch Program, please contact the SiCM Office after March 1 at 374-2683.