Schools are serving meals for hundreds of students

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 March 2020 at 8:56 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Kendall teachers Tonya Lustumbo (left), a fourth grade teacher, and Amy Conine, a high school math teacher, helped distribute meals on Tuesday at Kendall Junior-Senior High School. The school district served 200 meals on Tuesday.

KENDALL – Three school district provided meals for 800 students on Tuesday. That number will grow today when Holley and Albion start meal programs for students who are home due to schools across the state being shutdown for at least the next two weeks.

Medina on Tuesday provided 490 breakfasts and 490 lunches. Lyndonville served 100 breakfasts and lunches, while Kendall provided 200 “grab and go” meals.

The two Kendall teachers worked together to distribute the meals to families who pulled up in vehicles. Kendall delivered 70 meals to residences while the rest were picked up by parents.

Kendall delivered 70 of the meals, while the other 130 were picked up at the school. The meals are available for any child under the age of 18 who resides in the school district.

“We are taking it day by day in the number needed,” said Julie Christensen, Kendall Central School superintendent. “Families who did not pick up a meal today may do so at a later time. I want to thank our outstanding staff who assisted with preparing the bags, distribution of the bags and managing the planning. We had volunteers from our food service staff, bus drivers, teachers, aides, nurse, clerical, custodial and administrative staff on site assisting with smiles and true compassion for our families.”

In Kendall, families can contact Cindy Wolck at with questions about delivery.

ALBION – Students in the school district (or a parent of an ACS student presenting ID) may pick up meals beginning today. Parents need to fill out a short form available by clicking here so the district can have the right number of meals ready for each location.

Meals will be available Monday through Friday beginning Wednesday at the following locations:.

• Albion Elementary School (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.)

• Oak Orchard Estates (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

• Lydun Drive Extension-Canal Town Commons (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

• Elks’ Lodge (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

• Barre Center Presbyterian Church (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

• Carlton Recreation Hall (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

HOLLEY – Beginning today Holley is providing free “grab and go” meals (breakfast and lunch) to all children ages 18 and under. This food distribution plan will continue for the duration that schools are closed.

Breakfast and lunch meals will both be available at the same time for pick-up from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. our five distribution locations. (Click here to fill out a survey to help the school district prepare meals for each site.)

For questions or concerns about getting access to food, please contact the elementary or junior-senior high school, or the food service office (638-6318 Ext. 2566).

The food distribution sites include:

• Holley Elementary School (back bus loop)

• Clarendon Town Hall (parking lot)

• Thomas Estates (bus stop loop)

• County Line Trailer Park (Gulf Road & County Line Road)

• Fancher-Hulberton-Murray Fire Hall (parking lot)

Look for the Holley school bus at each pick-up site. Staff will be there to assist.

LYNDONVILLE – The district on Tuesday started offering grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches available for all Lyndonville students at no cost. Families may pick up meals via the drop-off loop off Housel Avenue on the campus from 8 a.m. to noon this week. Beginning next week, meal service hours will be from 9 to 11 a.m. If families have transportation needs or questions, call 765-3101 or email

MEDINA – The school district has breakfast and lunch available to students between 11 a.m. and noon each day at the following locations:

• Pine Street Park: corner of Pine Street and Park Avenue

• MAAC Thrift Depot: corner of Starr Street and Orient Street

• Orleans County YMCA Parking Lot: 306 Pearl Street

• Former Towne School Parking Lot: 181 Bates Road

• Shelby Fire Department Parking Lot: 4695 S. Gravel Road

• Knowlesville Volunteer Fire Company Parking Lot: Knowlesville Road

• Oak Orchard Elementary Bus Loop

Students must be present, when possible, to receive their meals, Marc Graff, assistant superintendent, said in a letter to the community.

“We will monitor the distribution process and make any necessary adjustments as needed,” Graff said. “We wish to thank all of our students, families and staff for their understanding and patience as we work through these unprecedented times.”

For more information, click here to be directed to the district’s website.

Provided photo: Kendall staff are pictured in the school cafeteria with meals that were prepared for students on Tuesday.

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