Shutdown extended, but food assistance programs continue

School Lunch Resources




With nearly half of the East End public school students depending on free or reduced-price meals, there’s still district resources there to help. The school shutdown remains in effect until May 19 as part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s extension of his PAUSE executive order, but grab-and-go meals and food delivery programs remain open. School administrators report that planning and delivering these meals is a work-in-progress, and in most cases, school and district websites are a good way to find updates.

Bridgehampton School District

2685 Montauk Highway | 631-537-0271

Free breakfast and lunch meals are available to all students during the school closure. The district distributes weekly meal packages on Fridays from 8 AM to 11 AM at the school. Contact Superintendent Robert Hauser at 631-998-1398 with any questions or to request a care package be delivered. Visit bridgehampton.k12.ny.us for more information.

East Hampton School District

Various Locations | 631-324-1643

Breakfast and lunch are available, free of charge, for all children 18 and younger throughout the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. Distribution sites include in front of the district office, 4 Long Lane, from 9 to 11 AM; at the main entrance to the mobile home park, at 105 Oakview Highway, from 9:30 to 10:30 AM; and in front of the Springs Presbyterian Church, at 5 Old Stone Highway — at the junction with Springs Fireplace Road — from 9:30 to 10:30 AM.

All sites are open Monday through Friday, and three sets of meals are also distributed for the weekend on Fridays.

To learn more visit easthamptonschools.org.

Greenport School District

720 Front Street | 631-477-1950

Breakfast and lunch are provided on Tuesday and Thursday on the east side of Greenport Elementary School. Each day students receive a bag with multiple days’ worth of food in it. On Tuesday, three breakfasts and lunches are received per child. One Thursday, four of each.

Delivery is available to any family who is quarantined or cannot get to the school. Families can contact school counselors or their child’s teacher to arrange delivery. School counselors are reaching out to families frequently to check in and assess needs.

Visit gufsd.org for more information.

Hampton Bays School District

70 Ponquogue Avenue | 631-723-4700

Food services are provided all week in Hampton Bays through Island Harvest, which is providing ready-to-heat meals to anyone in the community in need.

Enter the front driveway of Hampton Bays Middle School to the Island Harvest refrigerated truck. Do not get out of your car. You will be asked how many meals are needed. Simply open your trunk and the meals will be placed. Delivery service is not available at this time.

Call 631-723-4700 ext. 2300 if your children need breakfast and lunch. Any child in a household with a student who attends the school is eligible, according to Hampton Bays Superintendent Lars Clemensen.

Visit hbschools.us/for_parents/coronavirus_information to learn more.

Mattituck-Cutchogue School District

385 Depot Lane | 631-298-4242

Nonperishable food items are available for families in need and delivered every Monday at the Cutchogue East bus stop. To be included in this service, contact Rafael Morais at rmorais@mufsd.com or call 631-734-6049 ext. 2102.

Food delivery will continue for those families requesting this service through holidays, and the district also started a cold meal, brown bag, pickup program provided by Whitsons, the school lunch provider, for those in need. This will be a two-day meal for each pickup. A message went out to all families.

“We want to thank our community partners for their continued support,” the district said in a statement. “We are so grateful to not only provide lunch, but cereal, and some healthy options for a few dinners each week.”

Check the district website at mufsd.com for instructions on how to obtain meals.

Riverhead School District

Various Locations | 631-369-6700

The district made several changes to its meal distribution program as of April 15.

New locations have been added: the corner of Brookhaven Avenue and Tyler Street in Flanders, with food service from 11:15 AM to noon every day; at 1750 West Main Street in Riverhead, the Fairfield Pines Apartments, with food service from 11:15 AM to noon daily; and1355 Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead, the Fairfield Pines East Apartments, with food service from 12:15 to 1 PM daily.

Food available on Wood Road Trail and Riverside Avenue will now be from 12:15 to 1 PM daily, on Doctor’s Path from 11:15 AM to 2 PM daily, at Calverton Hills from 12:15 to 1 PM daily, at the corner of Lewis Street and Doris Avenue in Riverhead from 11:15 AM to noon daily, at 821 East Main Street in Riverhead from 12:15 to 1 PM daily, at Phillips and Roanoke Avenue elementary schools from 11 AM to 1 PM daily, and Riley and Aquebogue elementary schools Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 AM to 1 PM. These participants will be invited to take double meals at each visit.

Sag Harbor School District

Delivered | 631-259-3219

Families of students eligible for free and reduced lunch get meals. Food is delivered twice weekly and contains breakfast and lunch for five days.

Contact Betty Reynoso at 631-259-3219 ext. 544 or email breynoso@sagharborschools.org for more information or to set up delivery. The same can be done by emailing food@sagharborschools.org.

For more information visit sagharborschools.org.

Shelter Island School District

Delivered | 631-749-0302

The district is providing breakfast and lunch to students who receive free and reduced lunch, and to child whose parents reach out in need. These meals are delivered Monday through Friday. A family in need should email support@shelterisland.k12.ny.us to be placed on the delivery list.

Visit shelterisland.k12.ny.us to learn more.

Southampton School District

141 Narrow Lane | 631-591-4637

Families can pick up breakfast and lunch Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Two days of meals can be picked up at the same time. If unable get to the school, delivery is available by school bus. Call the food service office to arrange delivery.

For more information visit southamptonschools.org.

Southold School District

420 Oaklawn Avenue | 631-765-5400

In an effort to reduce the number of times families need to come to the school to pick up grab-and-go meals, the district streamlined its pickup procedure. The new model went into effect April 17. The new two-times-a-week schedule allows families to pick up three days of meals on Tuesday and four days of meals on Thursday.

Visit southoldusfd.com to learn more.

Westhampton Beach School District

420 Oaklawn Avenue | 631-288-3800

The district provides two meals a day to all children 18 years old or younger in a household in need.

A grab-and-go, curbside pickup of two-and-a-half meals per day is available Monday and Wednesday between 10 AM and noon behind Westhampton Beach High School.

If a household wishes to participate, send in an email student’s names, grade levels, number of children under 18, and a phone number to Assistant Superintendent for Business Kathleen O’Hara at kohara@whbschools.org. Those who sign up via email will also receive updates that way.

“During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, we are advised for health reasons to continue physical social distancing,” the district said in a letter to residents. “Reach out to your family and friends via phone and FaceTime. Now is the time our community will come together to assist and support each other.”

For more information visit westhamptonbeach.k12.ny.us.

Desiree Keegan contributed reporting.

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