The Department of Education has expanded its food program with free kosher meals, available to any New Yorker, at its participating sites in Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Food access and security for everyone is critical in ensuring no one goes hungry,” said Council Member Donovan Richards. “It’s important to provide adequate quality and sufficient quantities of food for our students and families whether they eat kosher, halal, or vegetarian meals for the duration of this crisis and after. By making diverse meals available at our public schools, we in essence knock down barriers to accessing nutritious diets which is a need in every community.”

During this unprecedented time, many New Yorkers are experiencing challenges with food security. Since then, hundreds of people have taken advantage of breakfast, lunch, and dinner for pickup daily at 435 public schools throughout the city.

“Kosher meals follow the USDA meal nutrition guidelines and are produced in partnership with a certified kosher distributor,” according to the NYC site. “Our kosher meal sites are housed in DOE school buildings and staffed by DOE food service staff. Meals offered at our kosher meal sites are free and available to any New Yorker that requests them. Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children, and no registration or ID is required.”

As of Thursday, April 23, the following locations in Far Rockaway will serve free kosher meals:

  • P.S. 197 The Ocean School – 825 Hicksville Road, Queens 11691
  • P.S. 253 – 1307 Central Avenue, Queens 11691
  • P.S. 215 – 535 Briar Place, Queens 11691

To find a location, text “NYCFOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877 or visit


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