Grab-and-Go School Meals Expand to Adults on April 3


Dear Friends,


In the more than two weeks since NYC public schools closed, the Department of Education (DOE) Office of Food and Nutrition Services (OFNS) has distributed more than one million meals at the 400+ school-based community food hubs. 


Beginning tomorrow, Friday, April 3rd, the school food hubs will also distribute grab-and-go meals for adults. (See specific times below.)


Visit the NYC DOE website to search for a food hub and see menus, and visit CFA for an interactive map and full list of food hubs. (Please note: The food hubs may change over time. We will keep the list updated.) Or text "FOOD" or "COMIDA" to 877-877.

  • Meals are served from 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

    • 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM to children and families

    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM to adults 

  • No registration, ID, or documentation is needed.

  • Three meals are provided regardless of time of service.

  • Parents and guardians can retrieve meals for their children, who do not need to be present.

Families with disabled students with mobility limitations will have meals delivered through a special arrangement made between DOE and DoorDash.


Pandemic EBT (Pandemic SNAP): More food relief for students to come


The Pandemic EBT program (also called Pandemic SNAP), part of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, will provide supplemental funds to households with children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals to help families struggling to feed their children at home during school closures. Because New York City has universal free school lunch, all 1.1 million NYC public school students qualify for this program.  Details are still being worked out and it will likely be a few weeks before it is rolled out in New York City.  


CFA is working with Commissioner Kathryn Garcia's team, the Mayor’s COVID-19 Food Czar, and Kate MacKenzie, the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Food Policy, to develop the simplest and most streamlined plan to ensure access for every qualifying family.


This is a fast changing environment. CFA will continue to update you on important food-related issues and will continue to work closely with the City and our many partners to ensure that NYC children, families and other New Yorkers are able to get access to meals they need.


Thank you for your partnership,


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