Creating communities that nourish children
Don't let summer be the hungriest time of the year!
Summer is just around the corner and communities across New Jersey are gearing up to fill that nutrition gap that happens when school is out and students lack access to school meals. If you operate a summer program for children, you can help by becoming a summer meals site.
Sponsors are looking for sites in their communities where they can serve meals. Libraries, parks, camps and other places where kids congregate can become sites. Sites receive free meals from sponsors, so they do not have to worry about paying for the food.
Interested? Contact the NJ Department of Agriculture at (609) 292-4498.
Gearing up to spread the word about summer meals
The New Jersey Food for Thought Campaign will kick off a statewide campaign to spread the word about summer meals, starting on May 23 when Hunger Free New Jersey releases Food for Thought: The State of Summer Meals in New Jersey. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to share this information with your networks and help spread the word about summer nutrition in communities across New Jersey. So please stay tuned!
A new fund for summer and afterschool meals!
There's now even more help for communities that want to serve summer and afterschool meals to children. The New Jersey Child Nutrition Fund (NJCNF), created and administered by Reinvestment Fund and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, provides capital funding and technical assistance to child care providers, community-based organizations and food vendors who participate or want to participate in the federal Summer Food Service Program and Child and Adult Care Food Program. Through a rolling application process, funding will be available with grant awards ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.
ICYMI: Some of NJ's poorest schools missing out on school breakfast
New Jersey's most impoverished schools are reaching less than half of their low-income students with federally-funded school breakfast, mainly because many continue to serve breakfast before school when most children have not yet arrived, according to a recent report by Hunger Free New Jersey. Under a new state law, these schools will be required to serve breakfast during the school day no later than September 2019.
Helpful Webinar: How to Make 2019-20 a Record Year for Your School Nutrition Programs
May 9 | 3 p.m.
Start the 2019-2020 school year strong by starting to plan now on how to strengthen and expand your school nutrition programs, especially school breakfast and afterschool meals. Efforts to increase participation pay off throughout the school year -- with endless benefits for students, as well as your bottom line. Join this Food Research & Action Center webinar to learn effective strategies on how to expand and promote your offerings to ensure everyone is excited about your program.
Led by Hunger Free New Jersey, the New Jersy Food For Thought Campaign aims to end childhood hunger by expanding participation in federal nutrition programs. The campaign is driven by a coalition of education, health, child and anti-hunger organizations, the New Jersey Departments of Agriculture, Education and Health, the Food Research & Action Center and the American Dairy Association Northeast. Learn more about the campaign
This communication was prepared by Hunger Free New Jersey. Questions? Comments? Contact Nancy Parello at firstname.lastname@example.org.