The New York City school cafeteria is trying to keep families from getting hungry for this Thanksgiving by giving out a free turkey dinner.
By Wednesday, approximately 1,000 school lunch facilities have distributed holiday meals with turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli, buttermilk biscuits, apple slices, cookies, and milk.
According to the Ministry of Education, schools across five districts have become important food hubs, serving 65 million meals since the coronavirus first struck the city in March. Starvation has long been a major concern in the school system, where about 73% of students come from low-income families. However, the economic consequences of the virus have pushed food insecurity to record levels in New York City.
According to City Harvest, one in four children is experiencing food insecurity, an increase of 49% from before the pandemic. Community organizations are trying to fill the gap, but many are overwhelmed. Three-quarters of food banks are experiencing a surge in need, primarily from families with children, a report from the NYC Hunger Conference was found.
Families with children can have multiple meals anywhere in the school between 9am and noon on weekdays. Schools and other locations are open to the public from 3 pm to 5 pm. Vegetarian food is available everywhere, and Kosher and Halal meals are also served in some places. You can find the nearest dining place here. The site will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
The pandemic closed the school building throughout the system this week, but the cafeteria remains open for those in need of food. No ID or documents are required.
Liz Accles, head of the non-profit Community Food Advocates, praised the city’s efforts to provide food to people in need, but said many families were still unaware of their hunger efforts.
“The biggest challenge is to make sure everyone knows because we know the need is higher than those numbers,” she said.
The school cafeteria offers free Thanksgiving meals for New Yorkers in need
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