Free Meals for All

Posted on April 6, 2020 by jmark  |  Share

Here’s What you Need to Know About Grab and Go.

Free Meals for everyone

By John-Mark de Palma

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and The New York City Department of Education are providing 3 free meals for all New Yorkers who need them, including children, adults, and seniors. The grab and go meals, consisting of breakfast, lunch, and dinner may be picked up at the same time at over 400 participating school locations. Use the city's free meal finder for a location near you. You may also text Text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877 to locate a hub near you. 

Additionally, the city also announced a partnership with Door Dash that would deliver meals to medically fragile students. Those students include children with compromised immune systems, or ones who lack the mobility to access meals at the distribution centers. Mayor De Blasio said he wants to make sure "everyone who is hungry has a place to go for food." Please contact 311 for additional information.

If you know of someone who might need food, please let them know. If someone is elderly or housebound, consider picking up the meal package and dropping it off. You may pick up 3 meals at a time, which really helps.

Please observe safe distancing and other safety precautions, such as gloves and a mask, to keep those around you safe.

Meals can be picked up at all Meal Hubs from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Children and families may pick up their meals from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. Adults may pick up their meals from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

New York City officials also want you to know:

  • No one will be turned away at any time
  • All adults and children can pick up three meals at one time
  • Vegetarian and halal options available at all sites
  • No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off-premises
  • Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children
  • No registration or ID required