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.
|New York City||The Bronx||Brooklyn||Manhattan||Staten Island||Queens|
|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|
|1:30 p.m. or later||25||7||13||2||1||2|