City of Rochester News Release -- City Adjusts Hours at R-Center Meal Distribution Sites for Week of April 6 – 10

City of Rochester

News Release 

City Adjusts Hours at R-Center Meal Distribution Sites for Week of April 6 – 10 

Monday, April 6 through Thursday, April 9, meal distribution hours at R-Centers will be 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

On Good Friday, April 10, R-Centers will be open from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

(Friday, April 3, 2020) – Beginning next week, meal distribution hours at City R-Centers will be adjusted to better serve the community. The City’s Department of Recreation and Youth Services (DRYS) will continue to provide grab-and-go meals to school-aged youth each Monday – Friday. However, the distribution hours are being changed to reflect the hours when youth are accessing the service, as well as to ensure the appropriate scheduling of recreation staff members.

“Over the past several weeks, we’ve discovered that the majority of our grab-and-go activity takes place during the daytime hours, with very little activity occurring in the evenings,” said DRYS Commissioner Daniele Lyman-Torres. “Our goal is to keep our kids adequately fed, while also ensuring that residents and staff remain as safe as possible. By adjusting our hours, we believe we can accomplish both goals. Whenever possible, the best place to be at this time is at home.”

Since schools closed in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, nine R-Centers have been distributing meals each weekday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. During the 14 days that the program has operated, a total of 132,646 meals have been provided.

On Monday, April 6 through Thursday, April 9, the new hours for meal distribution at these R-Centers will be 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. On Friday, April 10, which is the Good Friday holiday, R-Centers will be open between the hours of 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. to ensure that youth have access to adequate nutrition over the three-day holiday weekend.

Meal distribution hours at RCSD school sites remain unchanged. Those sites currently operate from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. RCSD school sites will be open for meal distribution on Good Friday.

The grab-and-go meal distribution system is a partnership between the City of Rochester, FoodLink and the Rochester City School District. Meal distribution sites help to ensure that school-aged youth continue to receive the same nourishment as they would have during the course of their academic day, and that no children go hungry while school is not in session. Breakfast, lunch and dinner meals are provided.

Meals are available for youth at the following sites for the week of April 6 - 10:

City R-Centers (open from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Good Friday):

• Adams Street, 85 Adams St.
• Avenue D, 200 Ave. D
• Carter Street, 500 Carter St.
• Tyshaun Cauldwell, 524 Campbell St.
• Frederick Douglass, 990 South Ave.
• Flint Street, 271 Flint St.
• David Gantt, 700 North St.
• Trenton & Pamela Jackson (Clinton-Baden), 485 N. Clinton Ave.
• Thomas Ryan, 530 Webster Ave.

RCSD School Sites (open 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Monday – Friday):

• East Upper & Lower School, 1801 E. Main St.
• Dr. Freddy Thomas Campus, 625 Scio St.
• The Former Jefferson High School, 1 Edgerton Pk.
• James Monroe High School, 164 Alexander St.
• John Williams School No. 5, 555 N. Plymouth Ave.
• Wilson Foundation Academy, 200 Genesee St.
• Abelard Reynolds School No. 42, 3330 Lake Ave.
• Virgil I. Grissom School No. 7, 31 Bryan St.

DRYS will continue to analyze usage of each of its nine distribution sites on a weekly basis to best meet the needs of our community’s youth.

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