During the 2017-18 school year all of our Brighter Choice schools will be serving homemade meals during breakfast and lunch. Click below for a copy of our lunch menu. Click below for a copy of our lunch menu.
Each school is now preparing all meals on site. In order to promote a healthy lifestyle and school environment, combat childhood obesity, and ensure the best for our scholars with life-threatening allergies the Brighter Choice Schools have adopted health snack initiative. Snacks provided by Brighter Choice now meet strict nutritional requirements. Click on the following link for a copy of our approved snack list.
Child Nutrition Program at Brighter Choice
Brighter Choice Charter Schools participate in the free and reduced price school meals programs. Click below for a copy of the school’s current lunch application and parent letter.
As part of our new meal procedures we must obtain documentation from physicians before preparing alternate meals. If your scholar has a food allergy, the attached documents must be completed and signed by your scholar’s physician. All documentation must be completed, signed by physician, and returned to the school nurse.
Our Food Service Director will not be preparing any meals containing pork or peanuts; however, we must still know if scholar has an allergy confirmed by a physician along with an action plan in case of accidental ingestion. The required forms will help our school nurse, and staff, prepare to best support your scholar’s health and well-being.
Again, if your scholar has a food allergy all documentation must be completed, signed by physician, and returned to the school nurse.
Mental Health Services (children)
- Parsons Child and Family Center (Central Intake) 518-426-2800
- Albany County Dept. of Children, Youth and Families 518-447-4550
- Mobile Crisis 518-447-9650
- Unified Services-Rensselaer County Office Building – 3rd Floor-518-270-2800
- Albany Youth Soccer (AYS)-518-453-1095 albanyyouthsoccer.org AYS is a recreational soccer program for children between the ages of 5-15
- Swinburne Skating Rink-Clinton Avenue and Manning Blvd-518-434-5699. Contact the Department of Recreation for schedule of events and fees
- Arbor Hill Community Center-50 Lark Street 518-434-0583
- Hoffman Community Center-7 Hoffman Avenue- 518-434-5545
- St. Vincent’s Community Center-844 Madison Avenue-518-438-2756
- Homeless & Travelers Aid (HATAS) for referral to any area shelter
- Emergency Services, 24/7 463-2124 – 138 Central Ave. Walk-ins 9am-4.30pm
- United Tenants Association (UTA) landlord tenant disputes/eviction emergencies
- 33 Clinton Ave 436-8997
- Support Ministries HIV/AIDS Housing Referral 427-2463
- HEAP (help with heating costs) 432-5935
- For assistance finding shelter call the Rensselaer Co. Dept of Social Services weekdays 9am-4:30pm 283-2000
- Joseph’s House in Troy – 272 2544
- HEAP (help with heating costs) 270-2730
- Troy Housing Authority – 271-8353
- TRIP 272-8289
For information about the Food Pantry that will serve your address call: Food Pantries for the Capital District – weekdays 8:30am – 4pm 458 -1167
Food Stamps – Albany County Dept of Social Services 447-7403 OR Rensselaer Co. Dept of Social Services – Families 270-3949/Singles 270-8655
NOEP – help with Food Stamp applications 462-6765 x 327 or Troy 272-6159
WIC – Women, Infants, Children’s Program at: Whitney Young Clinic 920 Lark Drive 465-9387 & 220 Green St 432-4033 or Rensselaer 272-6159
- AIDS Council – 445-2437
- Albany County Health Dept. – 175 Green Street 447-4580
- Rensselaer County Health Dept – 270-2660
- Capital District Psychiatric Center (CDPC) – 75 New Scotland Ave. 447-9611
- Medicaid – Albany Co. Dept of Social Services 447-7458 or 447-7300
- Poverello Center – Walk in health care (adults only) Wed 6:30-8:00pm
- 315 Sheridan Ave 426-9428
- St. Peter’s Family Health Care Ctr – 326 S Pearl St 449-0100
- Whitney Young Health Ctr – 920 Lark Drive – 465-4771
Clothing is available at a reduced cost at thrift shops. They will provide clothing free of charge if you bring a referral from any helping agency.
- St. Patrick’s Thrift Shop – 283 Central Ave, Thursday’s 10am-2pm 465-8395
- Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless – 176 Sheridan Ave, Mon-Fri 10am-3pm 434-8021
- St. Mary’s – 10 Lodge St, Tues-Fri 9am-11:30am 462-4254
- St. John’s/St. Ann’s – 88 4th St, Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri 10am-noon & 1-3pm 472-9091
- Colonie Christian Life Center – 31 Vly Road, Thur 6:30-7:30pm 456-3022
- Doors of Hope, Rtes 43 & 150 West Sand Lake, Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 9:30am – 4pm. Thursday 9:30am-7pm. 674-4048
- Nassau Resource Center, 15 Church Street, Mon, Tue, Fri 9:30-noon, Wed 7-9pm 766-9014
- Unique Boutique (Unity House) – 2431 Sixth Ave, Troy. Mon-Thur 9am-5pm & Fri 8am-4pm – 272-2352
- The Gathering Place – 24 Albany Ave, Nassau. Tue & Thurs noon-7pm, Wed & Fri 10-4pm 766-4164
- Bethany Hospitality Center – 27 State St. Troy Wed & Sat 9.30-11am 273-3529
Community Meals – Breakfast
- Mon & Fri 8-8:30am Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, 176 Sheridan Ave
- Tues, Wed, Thurs 7-9am (Mid Oct-Mid April) Westminster Church, 262 State St.
- Daily 6:30 – 7:00am City Mission, 259 S. Pearl St
- Mon- Fri 7-8am & Sat-Sun 9am-1pm Bethany Hospitality Center, 27 State St
Community Meals – Lunch
- Sun 1-2:00pm – Congregation Beth Emett, 283 Central Ave
- Mon & Thu 11:30-1:00pm St. Maximilian Kolbe, 283 Central Ave
- Mon thru Sun 11:30am-12:05pm – City Mission, 259 S. Pearl St.
- Tues 11:30-1pm St. John’s/St. Ann’s Ctr – 157 Franklin St
- Tues, Wed & Fri 11:30-12:30pm – Salvation Army, mobile Canteen – Clinton Ave (west of Judson)
- Wed 11:30-1pm- Sacred Heart Church, 31 Walter St
- Wed noon-1pm (Sep-June)- Israel AME Church, 381 Hamilton St
- Fri 11am-1pm – Sweet Pilgrim, Clinton & Ten Broeck
- Sat 11am-1pm Mount Calvary, 55 Alexander St
- Sat noon-1pm,- Grace and Holy Innocents, 498 Clinton Ave
- Last 10 days of the month – noon – 1pm Salvation Army Cohoes, 300 Ontario Street
- Mon-Fri 11:30-12:30pm, Bethany Hospitality Center
Community Meals – Dinner
- Mon-Sat 6:30pm and Sun @ 4:30pm – City Mission, 259 South Pearl St
- Wed 4- 6pm Watervliet United Methodist Church 14th St & 1st Ave
- Mon-Fri Salvation Army Mobile Canteen 4-4.30pm Ida Yarbrough Apts
- 4:30-5 pm – 100 Clinton Ave
- 5 -6 pm – Lexington & Washington Ave
- Daily 3-5pm – JC Club Children’s Feeding Ctr (Children 3-19) 63 Quail St.
- 3rd Sun of each month at 4pm – Albany Wesleyan Church, 168 S Allen St
- Mon 4:30-5:30pm Salvation Army Troy, 410 River St.
- Tues 4:30-6pm – First Baptist, 82 Third St
- Wed 4-5pm, St. Mary’s – 196 Third Street
- 4-6pm, the Open Table, United Methodist, 1401 First Ave, Watervliet
- 4-6pm , Victorious Life, 1838 Fifth Ave
- Thu 4-5pm St. Mary’s 196 Third Ave
- Fri 4:30-5:30pm, The Salvation Army, 410 River St
- Sat 6:30pm, Trinity Church, 1336 First Ave, Watervliet. Served last Sat of each month
- Sun 2-4pm, Lansingburgh Churches at First Presbyterian, 115th St & 3rd Ave Troy – Oct-May
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