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Free breakfast and lunch will now be available at NYC public schools

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Don't let NYC's unforgiving temperatures fool you. Back-to-school season is officially upon us, and kids return to class tomorrow. 

There's a lot to look forward to about a new academic year, but with the onslaught of homework, soccer practice and science fairs comes a bit of stress. One thing parents don't have to worry about is food. Take a breather, mom and dad! 

Thanks to the Free Meals for All program, NYC public school students are entitled to free breakfast and lunch. There will also be halal and kosher options for students thanks to a $1 million pilot program, according to Forward. Not a problem if you ran out of your child's go-to meal—there will be something for the kiddos at school at no cost to families. 

Before kiddos can access their freebies, the NYC Public School System does ask that parens fill out this form so that funding can be allocated to schools accordingly. This is also available in each school's main office, should you need it. 

While you're filling out the necessary paperwork, don't forget to download the SchoolFood app on your cell (click here for iOS and here for Android). You'll have access to monthly menus, have the ability to write reviews and—bonus points for kiddos—have the ability to skip the lunch line! This is 2018, folks. You didn't think you would be able to order your Starbucks ahead of time while your young'uns are waiting for Sloppy Joes. 

If you have any questions or need a refund for the money you've uploaded to your SchoolFood app, email SFLunchRefunds@schools.nyc.gov. Learn more about the program here. Best of luck on your first day of school, little New Yorkers! 

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