NYC School Lunch Times Database

Students at hundreds of New York City schools are heading to the cafeteria at extremely early or late lunch periods, based on a comprehensive review of school lunchtime data by City Limits. Schools generally start classes around 8 a.m. and end around 3 p.m., with some beginning even earlier.

A total of 100 New York City schools (3.9 percent) start serving lunch before 10 a.m. Another 431 schools (17 percent) begin lunch between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., while 762 schools (30 percent) begin lunch between 10:31 and 11 a.m.

In total, students at 51 percent of schools citywide head to the lunchroom at 11:00 a.m. or earlier. At least 25 other schools begin the first lunch period at 1:30 p.m. or later.

City Limits’ David Brand logged the lunchtime data for all 2,535 schools in the OFNS School Food’s searchable website.

Read our article here. View the data below.

Citywide

New York City The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Staten Island Queens
Total schools 2535 595 775 464 130 571
First lunch starts at:
11 a.m. or earlier 1293 308 330 206 79 370
% of schools 51 51.8 42.6 44.4 60.8 64.8
before 9:59 a.m. 100 16 21 5 12 46
10-10:30 a.m. 431 123 99 60 25 124
10:31-11 a.m. 762 169 210 141 42 200
1:30 p.m. or later 25 7 13 2 1 2

Bronx

Brooklyn

Manhattan

Queens

Staten Island