The Department of Education is now offering kosher meals for students at six school sites in Brooklyn, a month after the agency began offering to-go meals during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
As of today, students can pick up three kosher meals a day at two Williamsburg schools — P.S. 132 The Conselyea School at 320 Manhattan Avenue, and P.S. 257 John F Hylan at 60 Cook Street.
Starting on Thursday, April 23, two schools in Crown Heights will start serving kosher meals, along with one school in Midwood and another in Borough Park.
“Food insecurity is impacting many of our fellow New Yorkers and the DOE is proud to be part of the City’s efforts to give everyone has access to nutritious meals completely free of charge,” said Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza in a statement. “To date, we’ve served 4.5 million meals and are now proud to offer kosher, halal, and vegetarian meals to meet the needs of our diverse City for the duration of this crisis.”
DOE officials announced the new kosher meal sites a day after the Jewish Caucus of the New York City Council sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio requesting that free meals be made available for kosher-observant New Yorkers.
“Several weeks ago, you laudably instituted Grab and Go for all, including students, families, and adults. Halal and vegetarian options are also offered. However, New Yorkers who observe kosher dietary restrictions are unable to receive free meals,” wrote Councilman Chaim Deutsch. “Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers keep kosher, and they are being left behind in the most diverse city in the world.”
- PS 132 The Conselyea School – 320 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn 11211
- PS 257 John F Hylan – 60 Cook Street, Brooklyn 11206
- 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
This story first appeared on amny.com.