The New York City Department of Education is continuing to offer free meals daily throughout all five boroughs, is it has from the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Any New Yorker who wants one can easily get free meals at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city.
Meals can be picked up at all Meal Hubs 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday and will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
According to the Dept. of Education, no one will be turned away at any time — no identification is required — and anyone can pick up multiple meals at one time. Vegetarian, kosher and halal options will be available. Meals must be eaten off premises. Find a Meal Hub near you here.
Wondering what’s on the menu? Check out the monthly breakfast menu here and the lunch menu here.
School employees have distributed approximately 60 million meals at 400 locations since later March when the program began, according to Joshua Goodman, a spokesperson for the city’s sanitation department, the agency in charge of the program.
Here are some resources for finding free food near you:
NYC Food Delivery Assistance
New York City is also providing assistance to New Yorkers during the COVID-19 crisis by delivering meals to those who cannot access food themselves.
This service is available for households that meet the following criteria:
- No one in the household can go out to get food because they are at increased medical risk or are homebound.
- There are no neighbors or family members who can go out and get food for you.
- You do not already receive meal assistance from other providers (including Meals on Wheels or God’s Love We Deliver).
- You are unable to afford a meal delivery or grocery delivery service.
Emergency Food Assistance in NYC
To find the nearest food pantries and community kitchens, call the Emergency Food Hotline at 866-888-8777 or call 311. You can also find locations offering free meals near you using the Get Food NYC map.
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