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The East Greenbush Central School District has developed Reopening Plans that include a hybrid model and a full remote option for families. These plans prioritize the health and safety of all students and staff and the academic and social emotional needs of our students while complying with NYS Education Department and Department of Health guidelines.

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Boxes of foodThe East Greenbush Central School District announced it is extending the Food for Families program, which provides free food to families in the school community, through August. This service is open to anyone.

Since the Food for Families program started in March when schools were first closed, the district has distributed approximately 1,450 boxes of food to families in need.

“We could not operate this program without the support of our wonderful community members who have donated food and money to purchase supplies,” said Audra Di Bacco, a school social worker at Columbia and one of the program’s organizers. “We will continue to provide this food throughout August, and will determine the need for continued support through this program or individual school BackPack programs when the new school year starts.”

If you are in need of food, please contact Athletic Director Michael Leonard at or School Social Worker Audra Di Bacco at to make arrangements for pickup or delivery. Donations are also being accepted.

Pickup/Collection Times:
Columbia High School (side entrance), 962 Luther Rd., East Greenbush, NY 12061

  • Monday, August 3, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 5, 8-10 a.m.
  • Monday, August 10, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 12, 8-10 a.m.
  • Monday, August 17, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 19, 8-10 a.m.
  • Monday, August 24, 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 26, 8-10 a.m.

Suggestion List for Donations

  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Canned Fruit/Fruit Cups
  • Snacks (Crackers, Chips, Goldfish, Fruit Snacks, Rice Krispie Treats)
  • Juice Boxes
  • Rice (Bags or Boxes)
  • Boxed Potatoes
  • Pop Tarts
  • Granola Bars
  • Jello/Pudding
  • Tuna Fish
  • Canned Chicken
  • Canned Soup
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Mayo
  • Beans (Bags or Boxes)
  • Chef Boyardee/Spaghettio’s