With temperatures dropping and COVID-19 cases rising as New York City enters its second wave of the pandemic, New Yorkers shouldn’t also have to worry about where to find their next meal. NYC public schools shuttered on Thursday, November 19, but the Department of Education’s grab-and-go lunch program — which the city set up back in March, the first time schools closed due to the pandemic — is still in effect.
— City of New York (@nycgov) November 19, 2020
Families can pick up three free meals daily, Monday through Friday from 9a to 12p at public schools citywide. And the program doesn’t just apply to folks affected by the school shutdown: The DOE also provides complimentary “community meals” for all New Yorkers, available to-go on weekdays from 3p to 5p at select locations around the city, including schools, grocery stores and food pantries.
Lower Manhattan grab-and-go meal hubs:
Battery Park City School
Stuyvesant High School
P.S. 001 Alfred E. Smith
P.S. 343 Peck Slip School
P.S. 126 Jacob August Riis
P.S. 397 Spruce St. School
P.S. 130 Hernando De Soto
Also of note: If you’re looking for where to find halal or kosher meals specifically, you can see those options listed on the DOE website. No one is required to register or show ID, but all meals are to-go only — no onsite dining permitted.
Program sites will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but thankfully, New Yorkers can pick up free frozen Thanksgiving dinners on November 23, 24 and 25 from 3p to 5p at select locations.