Free school breakfast and lunch

SchoolFood | NYC Department of Education

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Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, some programs are limiting services or offering them remotely. For the most up-to-date information, please contact programs directly using the information below. To learn more about support for COVID-19 impacts, visit our Coronavirus Updates page

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.

How 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 to get help

Other Food Programs

Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP)

NYC Human Resources Administration

Get emergency food now

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

Summer Meals

NYC Department of Education

Breakfast & lunch in the summer

New Yorkers can get free breakfast and lunch this summer at 400 locations in NYC.

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

NYS Department of Health

Healthy food for families

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

Updated August 28, 2020