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How NYC Is Making Sure Students In Need Can Still Get Free Meals During School Closures

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

How NYC Is Making Sure Students In Need Can Still Get Free Meals During School Closures

When NYC public schools were officially closed, many were worried about how children in need would be able to access some of their only meals of the day.

Fortunately, the city has adapted quickly to still feed NYC children (anyone under 18). Beginning today, March 23, meals will be distributed at more than 400 sites across the city. Three meals will be available (breakfast, lunch and dinner) Monday-Friday from 7:30am – 1:30pm.

You can use this online tool to find a location near you.

Just one day last week (March 18) for example, over 133,000 free meals were given out to children across the city.

Here are some more details to keep in mind:

  • No registration, ID, or documentation required.
  • All three meals a day may be picked up at the same time.
  • No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises.
  • Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children‎.

Families and students can also request remote learning devices here (internet-enabled iPads) if they do not have access to any at home, and the NYC Department of Ed has also created “Regional Enrichment Centers” where children of first responders, health care providers, transit workers, and other key personnel can be cared for and educated while their parents are hard at work.

featured image source: Twitter / @nycschools