School Meals Hub NY

School meals are an important educational support for children.

More than 1.6 million New York State students qualify to eat at school for free or at a reduced price. Ensuring all children eat a healthy breakfast and lunch each day can dramatically alleviate hunger and support students’ health and academic achievement.

Use the links below to learn more about the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, meal programs beyond the K-12 school day, and the Community Eligibility Provision.

Hunger Solutions New York provides schools and community-based organizations with tools and resources to help nourish children, including reports, county- and district-level statistics, outreach materials, and individualized assistance. We also advocate for policy change at the local, state and federal levels. Please contact Jessica Pino-Goodspeed, Child Nutrition Programs Specialist, for more information.

Bridging the Gap: Ending Student Hunger with Breakfast After the Bell

Read our 2018 findings on school breakfast participation, and learn how Breakfast After the Bell can help more low-income kids start the day ready to learn with a healthy breakfast. 

New York enacts one of the strongest child hunger measures in the nation

Governor Cuomo’s sweeping plan titled “No Student Goes Hungry” establishes New York as a leader in ensuring access to healthy school meals for students.

School Breakfast Program

The School Breakfast Program helps ensure each child starts the school day properly nourished and prepared to learn.

Community Eligibility Provision

Community eligibility is a powerful tool schools with high concentrations of low-income children can use to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students.

National School Lunch Program

The National School Lunch Program makes it possible for all U.S. schoolchildren to receive a nutritious lunch every school day.

Meal Programs Beyond the K-12 School Day

These programs nourish kids of all ages so they are ready to learn during school time.