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October 2012

NJ Inches Up on School Breakfast; More Work Remains

New Jersey school districts fed breakfast to 21 percent more students in March 2012 compared to October 2010. That’s because more districts are serving “breakfast after the bell” during the first few minutes of the school day, typically in the classroom or cafeteria, according to a new report from  Advocates for Children of New Jersey.

View the video featuring Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Education Commissioner Chris Cerf and other state leaders.

The report documents how districts are easily meeting the logistical challenges of serving breakfast after the bell – and reaping the significant rewards of this approach.  The report identifies school districts that are “breakfast champions” and “breakfast underachievers.”

Find out how your district rates.
Read the report.

South Jersey School Breakfast Summit Scheduled

Come learn strategies to increase school breakfast participation and hear about the progress of South Jersey schools that implemented “breakfast after the bell” at the Forging Fresh Ways to Serve Breakfast at School: South Jersey School Breakfast Summit on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Camden County College-Blackwood Campus.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide a forum to share valuable first-hand knowledge and advice on how to effectively implement alternative service models that dramatically increase participation in the school breakfast program. Topics will include best practices for implementation, addressing common barriers and getting buy-in from interested parties, as well as success stories from neighboring school districts.

Partners: Advocates for Children of New Jersey, Food Research and Action Center, New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, New Jersey Statewide School Breakfast Expansion Committee

Register online today for this free event.

Advocates for Children of New Jersey
 35 Halsey Street 2nd Floor, Newark, NJ 07102
(Between Bleeker St. and Central Ave.)
973.643.3876 I Fax 973.643.9153 I www.acnj.org 
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School Breakfast Gains

School breakfast summit scheduled

The Food for Thought School Breakfast Campaign is a partnership of state agencies, child advocates, anti-hunger coalitions, statewide education organizations and national organizations.

View a list of campaign partners.