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.
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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