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The NYC DOE will continue its free meals program for the new school year

For those learning in-person and remotely.

Written by
Danielle Valente

Update: Hours for meal pick-ups are changing for the holidays. The hours are as follows: 

December 23: 3pm-5pm
December 24: 12pm-3pm
December 25: no service
December 28-31: 12pm-3pm
January 1: no service

As of Nov 19, families can pick up meals from 9am–noon on the weekdays at any school and members of the community can get grab and go meals from 3–5pm at various locations throughout NYC. Learn more about times, availability and rules on the NYC DOE website


Whether your child is learning remotely this fall or participating in the blended learning model, he or she will have access to free grab-and-go meals from the NYC DOE. 

Meal hubs, which are listed on the DOE's website by borough, will operate Monday through Friday from 7:30–11:30 for children and families and 11:30am–1:30pm for adults. Identification is not required and those who stop by will be able to pick up several meals at a time. Vegetarian and Halal options are up for grabs, as well as pizza kits.  

Visit the NYC DOE website to learn more about the meal schedule and nutritional information. In the meantime, be sure to access free museum entry this week—your favorite family attractions are offering freebies and discounts for students before the first day of school on Monday.

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