Since March, the school has been preparing 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches for every GCS student that has chosen to participate – about 300 students, on average. As the school year was winding down, the school was informed that the state would not be supporting summer meals directly but encouraged schools to establish partnerships with community organizations to continue meals service, if possible. That started a conversation between GCS, CFC and BCS. Filling this summer meal gap fits squarely into CFC’s mission to contribute to the health of the community through the inspirational power of good food.
The program also represents a great opportunity for CFC to utilize funding that it received through the state’s Nourish NY program. The program is designed to support local farms that have seen a drop in their demand due to COVID-19 and to then distribute that food through community programs. CFC is anticipating that it will purchase $40,000 - $50,000 of local farm products through this program and $65,000 overall.
BCS rounds out the partnership with a wealth of culinary experience. Their staff and individuals have been working on various culinary projects out of the Community Food Center kitchen for the past few years and will step in to handle the menu planning and meal preparation for the program.