Creating communities that nourish children
Grant opportunity for schools!
No Kid Hungry recently announced a grant opportunity to support school districts' efforts to increase district-wide food access to students through collaborations with neighboring school districts, community organizations, non-profits and local government agencies. Grants of up to $75,000 will be given to facilitate these partnerships to ensure kids in their community have access to the federal meal programs, backpack programs and food pantries. Deadline to apply is November 20, 2020.
P-EBT extended through 2020-21 school year
Congress recently extended the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) through the 2020-21 school year. The program provides families with an electronic card to help buy food to replace the school meals their children are missing while learning remotely. The funds have yet to be distributed, as the state waits for guidance from the federal government on how to provide these benefits. We've compiled all the information we have so far about this important assistance.
Help boost school meal enrollment
Many New Jersey schools are reporting a low return rate of applications for free or low-cost school meals. Since many New Jersey school districts are serving free meals to all children, fewer parents are completing these applications. This is a problem because these applications determine other nutrition assistance and education funding, including identifying students who qualify for P-EBT and determining state and federal funding that supports many of a district's educational programs
Food banks help boost child nutrition programs
In this joint piece by FRAC and Feeding America, learn how food banks play an important role in connecting people to the child nutrition programs, which is especially important during the pandemic. There are also best practices and a spotlight on three food banks.
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.