Update: Reader Allison D sends in these photos of the breakfast and lunch below. They’re certainly not as substantial as I had hoped for, but then again, free is free!
The organizers tell me that:
- Everyone can request 1 breakfast and 2 lunches daily, per person that you are requesting a meal for.
- Demand in Boro Park and Flatbush was much higher than expected and orders going forward will be adjusted based on that demand.
- The lack of locations in Manhattan and the Bronx is based on prioritizing high density areas first. More locations will be added.
- More food offerings will be added to the meals in the coming days.
- Getting the program off the ground in a very short timeframe and cutting through city red tape was unprecedented.
It seems likely that many of us will be grounded longer than we have in recent memory, so I’m sure everyone is missing out on the kosher airline meals provided by Borenstein. 😉
But on a more serious note, the NYC Department of Education is providing free Borentstein catered kosher meals for those who need it, which is just incredible!
All meals served to children under 18 are eligible for federal funds, which is helping defray the cost of the program. But everyone can go, adults and kids, and pick up 3 square meals to go. Parents and guardians can pickup meals for their children. The meals are completely free of charge and are available every weekday. No ID or registration is required.
The program is still rolling out and the meals needed are being adjusted based on demand.
Safety agents are on hand to ensure that social distancing is adhered to.
You won’t get frozen lox, frozen gefilte fish, or a frozen omelette…
Borenstein is owned by El Al and is based out of JFK and they have plenty of unused capacity at low prices, so they were tapped to cater the program. They also have highly respected kosher certification.
Families (including parents/guardians picking up meals for their kids) and kids can pickup meals from 7:30am-11:30am from Monday through Friday and adults can pickup meals from 11:30am-1:30pm from Monday through Friday.
Currently the kosher meals are available in:
- PS 132 The Conselyea School – 320 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn 11211
- PS 257 John F Hylan – 60 Cook Street, Brooklyn 11206
- P.S. 197 The Ocean School – 825 Hicksville Road, Queens 11691
- P.S. 253 – 1307 Central Avenue, Queens 11691
Kew Gardens Hills
- P.S. 154 Queens – 75-02 162 Street, Queens 11366
- P.S. 164 – 138-01 77 Avenue, Flushing, NY 11367
- P.S. 289 George V. Brower – 900 St Marks Avenue, Brooklyn 11213
- I.S. 2 – 655 Parkside Avenue, Brooklyn 11226
- P.S. 192 – The Magnet School For Math And Science – 4715 18 Avenue, Brooklyn 11204
- P.S. 197 – The Kings Highway Academy – 1599 East 22 Street, Brooklyn 11210
Starting on Monday you’ll also be able to get meals kosher meals at:
- P.S. 160 – 5105 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn 11219
- P.S. 54 – 1060 Willowbrook Rd, Staten Island 10314
Additional locations may be added based on feedback and how the program rollout goes.
If you go, be sure to write a trip report in the comments!