The New York City Department of Education is the largest system of public schools in the United States, serving about 1.1 million students in over 1,700 Department of Health visited schools.

SchoolFood serves around 850,000 meals to these students each school day. Of these, over 700,000 meals are provided at no charge to the students or their parents. To find out if your child qualifies, simply apply for free or reduced-price meals.

Over the past decade, SchoolFood has made tremendous strides in improving the nutrition and taste of our meals. We are committed to promoting healthy food choices among our students and maintaining high nutritional standards while offering delicious and satisfying menu choices.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more.


SchoolFood’s Partnership Meetings support the New York City Department of Education’s Wellness Policies on Physical Activity and Nutrition. These policies are aligned with the Obama administration's goal of ending the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation.

The Partnership Meetings have been a viable platform for our school based managers to interact within the school community. Hosting these personalized, cyclically scheduled meetings allow us to hear student and administration opinions-enabling us to enhance our school meals programs, enrich operational performance, and develop organizational goals.


The New York City Department of Education, along with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Chicago Public Schools, Dallas Independent School District, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Broward County Public Schools in Fort Lauderdale, Clark County School District in Las Vegas, and Food Services for the School District of Philadelphia are members of the Urban School Food Alliance. The mission of the Alliance is to share best practices and use its purchasing power to continue to drive quality up and costs down while incorporating sound environmental practices. Collectively, the Alliance serves over 577,000,000 meals annually, 150 million of which are served in New York City. To learn more about the Alliance, please visit their website at www.urbanschoolfoodalliance.org.

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The Office of SchoolFood has fostered successful strategic partnerships throughout New York City, State, and across the Country. Our list of partners ranges from business industries, associations, not-for-profit organizations, colleges, universities, and school districts. Our collaborations contribute high-level expertise, comprehensive resources, and targeted activities. These efforts bring about improved quality, service, and satisfaction with our school meals program for New York City students.

Click here to view a list of our partners.