School breakfast and lunch

SchoolFood | NYC Department of Education

Food Grade-Schooler Pre-Teen Teen

The New York City Department of Education is pleased to announce that breakfast and lunch are completely free for all students in every New York City public school.

  • Families no longer need to fill out applications to qualify for free meal benefits.
  • You may be asked to complete a family income inquiry form to help schools receive funding.

I'm Ready To Apply

  • Applications are no longer needed to qualify for free meal benefits.
  • Families may be asked to complete a family income inquiry form to help schools receive funding.

How Can I Get Help?

Other Food Programs

Get emergency food now

Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP)

NYC Human Resources Administration

Quickly find food pantries and community kitchens that provide free food.

Breakfast & lunch in the summer

Summer Meals

NYC Department of Education

Children can get free breakfast and lunch in the summer at hundreds of locations in NYC.

Healthy food for families

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

NYS Department of Health

Free healthy food, counseling about healthy eating, breastfeeding support, and referrals for women, infants, and children under five.