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New York City Offers Free Summer Meals to Kids

Posted on July 9, 2019 by admin  |  Share

Caring for children and their health one meal at a time

Free Summer Meals Official Artwork NYC
Image Credit: The High School of Fashion Industries

by Sophia Theriault 

The Department of Education (DOE) is now offering free breakfast and lunch for children under 18 during the summer at different locations including schools, parks, pools, libraries, and food trucks in New York City. The DOE is enacting this program in order to help families and improve children’s nutrition and health.

“Access to free school meals contributes to the health, attentiveness and success of our students, not only during the school year, but throughout the summer months, when youth are more active,” said Assemblyman Charles Fall. The DOE is making efforts at every public school to bring awareness to their closest Summer Meals sites.

No forms or identification is required to access these meals. Children are eligible for these meals even if they don’t attend public school. Breakfast is offered from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and lunch is offered from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. A limited number of sites will offer meals on Saturdays and Sundays.

“Our focus on the health and well-being of young people continues throughout the summer months, and we want all New Yorkers to know that we provide free breakfast and lunch across the city,” said city Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza.  

This year’s summer breakfast menu includes whole grain bagels, cheese omelets and waffles, organic cereal and seasonal fresh fruit. The summer lunch menu items may include beef tacos, pizza and green garden salad.

“Our free breakfast and program ensures they can enjoy nutritious meals wherever they are, to nourish the mind and body,” said Councilwoman Debi Rose. This Summer Meals program is from June 27 to August 30.

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Summer Artwork Attribution featured above:
The High School of Fashion Industries
Student Artists: Mía Beato, Carla Cerda, Jalexis Sirett, Nafisa Hamim, Nadera Akther, John Edwards, Mantis Harper-Blanco, and Lauryn Henry.
Instructor: June ArcaMay