DOE offers free summer meals

The Department of Education will offer its grab-and-go meal program through the summer.

The Department of Education is beginning its grab-and-go meal program starting this week for the rest of the summer.

The free meal program, which began in response to food insecurity during the pandemic, will be available to students and families at public schools around Queens from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

The meals are for pickup only, and are intended to be served at home. The choice of items will vary according to location and availability. 

The DOE is not requiring registration, documentation or ID for a free breakfast or lunch. Vegetarian meals are available at all locations, while kosher and halal meals are available at select sites.

There will be no service July 5 in observation of Independence Day and July 20 in observation of Eid-al-Adha.

To find an interactive map of all meal hubs and a list of all the sites offering halal and kosher meals, visit

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NOTHING IS FOR FREE! Nothing! Ever! Get that through your heads folks. If the government is giving it away, you're paying for it one way or another. You pay....they come out smelling like a rose. But the bigger question is, "Is this necessary?" People can't eat for themselves or prepare nutritious meals? They can't shop? For goodness sakes! You don't even have to leave your house today, and can have food delivered to your doorstep with the click of a computer button. This is really the height of enslavement and dependency by government. It's repulsive and disgusting, and furthers peoples' reliance on a corrupt and useless system. DO THINGS FOR YOURSELVES! Learn to be self-sufficient and independent. You'll never regret it.

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