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How to Access Free Meals for NYC Children

How to Access Free Meals for NYC Children

Children or their guardians can pick up three free meals a day from the NYC Department of Education at various locations throughout the city.


In NYC, many children rely on the free food they get at school for each of their three nutritious meals a day. With the closing of NYC schools, it poses the question "Where will these children get their meals for the day if they are not getting them at home?" Luckily, The New York City Department of Education is now offering three free meals for NYC children every weekday at more than 400 sites across the city.

All NYC children will be eligible to pickup three free meals Monday through Friday, 7:30am-1:30pm at locations throughout the city. You can use the site lookup tool to find the free meal location site nearest you.



No registration, ID, or documentation is required and all three meals for the day must be picked up at the same time. Meals must be taken to-go and eaten off premises as there is no dining space available due to social distancing efforts. Parents and guardians can pick up the free meals for their children as well.

Dates, locations, and menus are subject to change, and you can view free breakfast menu and free lunch menus for the month online. 

Melissa Wickes

Author: Melissa Wickes, a graduate of Binghamton University and the NYU Summer Publishing Institute, is the production editor for NYMetroParents. When she's not writing, she can be found playing the guitar or eating pasta. See More

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