Nutrition & Wellness

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to Genesee Community Charter School’s Closure, we are offering free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch to our families who qualify for free or reduced priced meals (provided by our caterer).  

Pick Up Information:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday’s pick up will cover breakfast and lunch for three days
    • Thursday’s pick up will cover breakfast and lunch for two days
  • Pick Up at the GCCS Front Door: 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
  • Please call the school (697-1960) OR our GCCS Hotline (310-0103) if you are interested in participating.

Additional Meal Options for Rochester City Residents:

RCSD Schools

“Grab and Go” breakfast, lunch and dinners

8:00am-2:30pm Monday-Friday

  • East Upper & Lower School, 1801 E. Main St.

  • Dr. Freddie Thomas Campus, 625 Scio St.

  • RIA /Jefferson High School Campus, 1 Edgerton Pk.

  • James Monroe High School, 164 Alexander St.

  • John Williams School No. 5, 555 Plymouth Ave.

  • Wilson Foundation Academy, 200 Genesee St.

  • Abelard Reynolds School No. 42, 3330 Lake Ave

R-Centers (EZ Pass required, click here to register)

“Grab and Go” breakfast, lunch, and dinners

8:00am-8:00pm Monday-Friday

  • Adams Street, 85 Adams St.

  • Ave D, 200 Ave. D;

  • Carter St., 500 Carter St.

  • Tyshaun Cauldwell, 524 Campbell St.

  • Frederick Douglass, 990 South Ave.

  • Flint Street, 271 Flint St.

  • David Gantt, 700 North St.

  • Trenton and Pamela Jackson (Clinton-Baden), 485 N. Clinton Ave.

  • Thomas Ryan, 530 Webster Ave.

The Center for Youth Food Pantry (available to youth under the age of 24)

9:00am-6:00pm

Suburban residents: please visit your school district website for more information regarding meal options.

Food Service

As part of our caring community commitment, we serve a “family style” lunch in the classrooms. All students participate in the set up, serving, and clean up of the meal. Students who bring lunch from home are expected to participate, too. Teachers eat with the students, modeling appropriate manners and conversation.

Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch are enrolled in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s school meal program. We encourage all families to apply and take advantage of this program. Students who do not qualify for the USDA program may purchase meals at school. GCCS partners with Julia K Caters to provide breakfast and lunch for GCCS students.  Menus are made available at least one week prior to allow families to plan their budgets. Please advise the main office of any special diet needs or food allergies.

Meal Shaming Policy

GCCS provides access to nutritious no- and low-cost meals for all families without judgement or stigmatizing students.  The entire Meal Shaming Policy can be found by clicking here.

Free Reduced Meals Application

Families are welcome to fill out this application to determine if they qualify for free or reduced-priced meals.  Please fill out the application and return it to the GCCS Main Office.

Wellness Policy

Students’ health and wellness are equally as important to our school’s philosophy as the students’ academic achievement.  GCCS has a Wellness Policy that can be found here.