Lunch Buddies connects Cornell students with third and fourth graders from Mount Vernon's Washington Elementary School.  Cornell students join their buddies for lunch and recess three times a month and participate in various programs off campus.  The purpose of the program is to provide positive role models for the children of Mount Vernon, make a difference in the local community, and have fun! 

For questions about Lunch Buddies, please contact Janessa Weightman.


Aside from weekly visits to Washington Elementary, Lunch Buddies are provided with several opportunities to interact with their buddies outside of school.  For example:

  • A Lunch Buddies Kick-Off on the Orange Carpet and a haunted house/Halloween party in October 
  • An invitation to attend Cornell basketball games and participate in halftime games
  • Reverse Lunch Buddies Day in May when elementary students join Cornell students for lunch at Cornell