If you have school aged children in Central New York, there is some good news about lunches starting in 2024.

Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES announced earlier this year an amendment to their policy for serving meals to children under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Which means, starting January 1st 2024, all school districts participating in the OHM BOCES food service program will serve meals to school kids for free under the Community Eligibility Program.

According to WKTV, A change in federal policy now allows the New Hartford Central School District to join the OHM BOCES School Food Authority CEP group. As a result, all students in the following schools will receive meals free of charge for the 2023-24 school year:

Brookfield Central School District
Clinton Central School District
Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District
Herkimer Central School District
Mount Markham Central School District
New Hartford Central School District
New York Mills Union Free School District
OHM BOCES - Middle Settlement Academy and MSA at Lincoln Ave. locations
Oriskany Central School District
Owen D. Young Central School District
Poland Central School District
Remsen Central School District
Richfield Springs Central School District
Sauquoit Valley Central School District
Waterville Central School District
Westmoreland Central School District"


New York College Crowned Nation’s Best “Value for Money” University

If you're dreading shelling out tens of thousands of dollars for a college degree, just know the best university to obtain a quality education for the best price is located right here in New York.

Since the year 2000, college tuition has risen by roughly 70 percent, according to BestColleges.com. Degreechoices launched a new study to see where prospective students can secure a top-notch education without breaking the bank.

You can read their results from WIBX online here.

Top 10 Most Difficult New York Colleges To Get Into For 2024

For many New York high school seniors, the time has come to send in those college applications. If your senior is looking to stay in state, what schools offer the best chance of an acceptance letter? 

Here's the Top 10 Most Difficult New York College To Get Into for 2024 thanks to Niche.

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The Absolute Prettiest Hotel To Stay At In All Of New York

The experts at Redbook have put together a list of "The Absolute Prettiest Hotels to Stay at Across America." So who is the winner for New York State? Those honors go to The High Line Hotel located in New York City. Take a look at these amazing photos.

Gallery Credit: Dave Wheeler

15 Must Visit Restaurants In Upstate New York For Fall Delights

According to ChatGPT, the fall season brings in a harvest of flavors that inspire chefs across Upstate New York.

You'll find menus filled with dishes showcasing the region's freshest produce, such as crisp apples, hearty squashes, and earthy mushrooms. Don't miss out on savory pumpkin dishes, warm cider-based cocktails, and delectable apple desserts. These flavors capture the essence of autumn and infuse each meal with a comforting, seasonal spirit."

Creating this curated list of 15 exceptional restaurants in Upstate New York was made possible with the assistance of ChatGPT, an advanced AI language model. So, whether you're a local looking to explore new dining spots or a traveler seeking authentic fall flavors, ChatGPT wants you to explore Upstate New York. Here's our list of 15:

Gallery Credit: Dave Wheeler


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