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We are thrilled that the Kosher Meal program for children ages 1-18 will be available in multiple sites throughout New York State! This program is free and available to all families with no restrictions on eligibility or income. This website will be updated as new sites open.

Locations

New York City

The New York City Department of Education is committed to making free meals available daily for any New Yorker. 

  • Meals can be picked up at all Meal Hubs 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    • No one will be turned away at any time
    • All adults and children can pick up multiple meals at one time
  • No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises
  • Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children
  • No registration or ID required

Free Kosher will be available to any New Yorker at locations in Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens. The sites are listed below and can also be found on the NYC DOE website here.

Kosher meals follow the USDA meal nutrition guidelines and are produced in partnership with a certified kosher distributor.  The 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.

Bronx

Riverdale

  • P.S. 24 Spuyten Duyvil⁠—660 West 236 Street, 10463

Brooklyn

Boro Park

  • P.S. 192 The Magnet School For Math And Science⁠—4715 18 Avenue,11204
  • P.S. 160 William T. Sampson⁠—5105 Fort Hamilton Parkway,11219

Crown Heights

  • P.S. 221⁠—791 Empire Blvd, 11213
  • P.S. 289 George V. Brower⁠—900 St Marks Avenue, 11213

Midwood

  • P.S. 197 The Kings Highway Academy⁠—1599 East 22 Street,11210

Williamsburg

  • PS 132 The Conselyea School⁠—320 Manhattan Avenue, 11211
  • PS 257 John F Hylan⁠—60 Cook Street, 11206
  • Brooklyn Community High School of Communication, Arts and Media⁠—300 Willoughby Avenue, 11205
  • P.S. 16⁠—157 Wilson Street, 11211

Manhattan

Lower East Side

  • P.S. 134 Henrietta Szold⁠—293 East Broadway,10002

Upper West Side

  •  P.S. 75⁠—735 West End Avenue, 10025

Washington Heights

  • P.S. 048 P.O. Michael J. Buczek⁠—4360-78 Broadway, 10033

Queens

Kew Gardens Hill

  • P.S. 154 75-02⁠—162 Street,11366

Far Rockaway

  • P.S. 197 The Ocean School⁠—825 Hicksville Road,11691
  • P.S. 253⁠—1307 Central Avenue,11691

Forest Hills

  • Forest Hills High School⁠—67-01 110 Street, 11375

Flushing

  • P.S. 164⁠—138-01 77 Avenue, 11367

Staten Island

  • P.S. 54⁠—1060 Willowbrook Rd, Staten Island 10314

Lawrence

  • Pickup from Lawrence is located at Lawrence Middle School, 195 Broadway
  • Please check the sign up through the Lawrence School District sign up sheet on their website by clicking here. Each week they will update the “news” section with a new sign up sheet.
  • Have a printed email response sheet with a QR code, your name, number of children 18 and under for all families for whom you are picking up. PLACE IT ON THE DASHBOARD prior to entering the driveway!
  • Wear a mask upon entering the driveway.
  • Have a clean and clear trunk. (You may leave an empty box for the milk)
  • Please click here for Lawrence sign up sheet.
  • Please make sure to pick up your meals if you filled out the sign-up sheet. The form will close out Monday Night at 9pm or when the maximum meals are reserved.
  • For any questions or concerns, please click here to be directed to the Lawrence School District website.

West Hempstead

  • Pickup from West Hempstead is located at 200 North Franklin Street Hempstead, NY 11550
  • Please click here for the sign-up sheet. You MUST sign up each week.
  • Have a printed email response sheet with a QR code, your name, number of children 18 and under for all families for whom you are picking up. PLACE IT ON THE DASHBOARD prior to entering the driveway!
  • Wear a mask upon entering the driveway.
  • Have a clean and clear trunk. (You may leave an empty box for the milk)
  • Please make sure to pick up your meals if you filled out the sign-up sheet. 
  • For any questions or concerns, please email KosherMeals@lawrence.org
  • If you would like to volunteer please email aaronzelig@gmail.com

West Hempstead Volunteer FAQ

  • Can only adults volunteer?

Teenagers, in addition to adults, are more than welcome to come volunteer.

  • What do I need to bring with me?

A mask and gloves are required to volunteer – you will not be permitted to help without them.

  • What time should I arrive to help?

Always arrive a half hour before distribution – the timing for the actual distribution will vary so always arrive a half hour before the time given for that day.

  • What are the different jobs happening at this station?

People will be assigned to different tasks included but not limited to traffic control, putting together the actual food boxes, and placing the boxes in people’s trunks.

  • What precautions is this food station taking to prevent the spread of Coronavirus?

The distribution will be set up so that volunteers will be able to safely maintain social distancing and those in the distribution line are not permitted to exit their vehicle under any circumstances.

  • If I volunteer do I still qualify to pick up meals for my children?

Yes, you will still be able to get the food being distributed. Please make sure you register through the sign-up sheet each week as well.

  • Where is the address of the food distribution?

200 North Franklin Street Hempstead, NY 11550

  • What should I wear to volunteer?

Wear clothes that are comfortable for being outside and shoes that are good for moving around on your feet.

FAQ'S

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing free meals to all children age 18 and under. Teach NYS along with multiple partners have received approval for kosher meals at multiple distribution sites around the state. There is no charge for these meals. All households with children age 18 and under are eligible to participate in this USDA program. Due to the current health emergency, the income eligibility requirement has been waived.

  1. Who is eligible for the Kosher meal program?
    Any child 18 years or younger who is a New York resident.
  2. Where is the funding for this food coming from?
    It is a federal program called the Summer Foods Service Program which is run through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the state.
  3. How is this free to everyone?
    The program’s purpose is to provide nutritionally balanced meals to those that are income eligible. Due to the current pandemic, the income eligibility requirement has been waived so that more children can be fed in these difficult circumstances.
  4. Will the staff and volunteers be abiding by social distancing guidelines?
    Yes, there will be contactless delivery. You drive up and open your trunk, and the staff/volunteers will put the food directly into your trunk, then you drive away. They will be wearing proper PPE as well.
  5. Where and when do we pick up meals?
    Please find a location on this page closest to you.
  6. If I register but do not want the meals, can I just not show up?
    No. It is important to pick up the meals if you have registered. The USDA only pays for claimed meals. Ordering meals and not picking them up is costly to the kosher program.
  7. Can I pick up meals for my children in multiple locations each week?
    No. The USDA Summer Food Program is designed to provide one breakfast and one lunch per day per child.
  8. If my family is vegetarian, or if we have other dietary restrictions can I indicate a preference on the registration form?
    At this time, there will be only one distribution option. Some days the main course will be meat; on others, it will be pareve or dairy.
  9. Can non-kosher consumers pick up meals at these designated locations?
    Yes. The USDA Summer Food Program, at all sites, is open to all children 18 and under.

If you have any questions, please email TeachNYS@ou.org