Creating communities that nourish children

Resources to celebrate school breakfast week


March 4 to March 8 is National School Breakfast Week, a weeklong celebration of this all-important child nutrition program. To help boost breakfast in New Jersey, we've compiled a host of resources for schools and advocates. Read on...

Check out our roundup of resources to implement breakfast after the bell.


From fact sheets and data to success stories and grant opportunities, the New Jersey Food for Thought School Campaign's school breakfast resource page has tons of info and links to resources to help school officials implement successful school breakfast programs that ensure all children begin their day ready to learn.


Did you know?

Since the 2011 launch of the New Jersey Food for Thought Campaign, school breakfast participation has jumped about 80 percent and districts more than doubled the amount of federal funds they receive for breakfast to $110 million.


Funds for School Breakfast 


Action for Healthy Kids is now accepting grant applications for the 2019-2020 school year to expand school breakfast programs and fund physical activity and nutrition initiatives for schools and parent groups. Apply by April 5.


Helpful School Breakfast Webinars


Community Eligibility Provision, a federal option that allows schools to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students, is a great choice for many schools. Now is the time to start planning for the 2019-20 school year. Community Eligibility reduces paperwork and increases student participation, making it a win-win for school districts and students alike.


The School Nutrition Association and the Food Research & Action Center have teamed up to offer an informative series on the nuts and bolts of Community Eligibility.


March 6 | 2 p.m -  Budgeting and Getting Buy In


March 12 - Understanding the Relationship between Community Eligibility and Title I Funding


March 14 | 3 p.m. -- Making Community Eligibility Work with Between 40 and 60 Percent ISP (low-income) Students


March 19 | 3 p.m. - Strategies for Grouping Schools for Community Eligibility

ICYMI: NJ drops to 21st for school breakfast participation


The Food Research & Action Center's School Breakfast Scorecard - 2017-2018 School Year found New Jersey slipping on the school breakfast front. Participation dipped 2 percent in the 2017-18 school year to 59.1 percent of low-income students who eat lunch at school. A new state law requiring high-poverty schools to serve breakfast after the bell promises to improve the state's participation rate once it goes into in the 2019-20 school year.




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