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Free grab-and-go meals are now available for all New Yorkers

The DOE is feeding the city at more than 400 Meal Hubs

Written by
Oliver Strand

The New York City Department of Education is now distributing free grab-and-go meals to all New Yorkers—not just students—at the 400+ Meal Hubs it operates.

Playgrounds might be closed and spring break has been canceled, but thanks to the DOE, any person in New York, adult or child, can get three meals a day for free.

The meals are available Monday through Friday. Anybody can pick up three meals at a time, and have a full day's worth of nutritious, freshly-prepared food at no cost. No registration or ID is required—all you need to do is go to the Meal Hub closest to you

Here are the Meal Hubs rules:

• Meals are distributed Monday–Friday
• Meal Hubs are for children and families only 7:30–11:30am, and for adults 11:30am–1:30pm 
• Parents or guardians can pick up meals for children without the children being present
• All meals are grab-and-go; you can get three meals at once
• No meals may be eaten at the Meal Hubs, as no dining areas are open
• Vegetarian and halal options are available 
• Nobody will be turned away

The NYC DOE transformed its food services in recent years, and the meals it serves are healthy, balanced and tasty. The standard lunch includes options like a PB&J, a sun butter & jelly (made with sunflower seeds), a cheese sandwich or a hummus cup, with additional menu options that change every day. For example, there's a popcorn chicken wrap, chickpea salad and New York chocolate chunk cookie on the menu next week. Not too shabby.

Check the breakfast menus and lunch menus for the latest.  

This is the time for New Yorkers to stick together, and stay safe. So take advantage of the amazing new online options that let your sit in the comfort of your living from and download books from the NYPL for free, watch a live animal feeding at a zoo, explore the ever-expanding selection of puzzles and games at Harry Potter at Home and more.

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