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 schools.

The Office of Food & Nutrition Services serves around 940,000 meals to these students each school day. All meals are provided at no charge to the students or their parents. 

Over the past decade, we have 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.


Student 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, Baltimore Public Schools, Boston Public Schools and Food Services for the School District of Philadelphia are members of the Urban School Food Alliance. The 10 Urban School Food Alliance districts enroll nearly 3.3 million students. They collectively serve 584 million meals every year, with an annual procurement budget of $755 million. Together, these districts use their influence with industry and their combined purchasing power to improve the quality and sustainability of school food, while driving the costs down. To learn more about the Alliance, please visit their website at www.urbanschoolfoodalliance.org.

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The Office of Food & Nutrition Services 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.