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January 2013

NJ Posts Double-Digit Gains on School Breakfast

New Jersey was one of just 10 states to achieve a double-digit increase in the number of children receiving a healthy breakfast at school, according to a new national report released today. While the state still ranks a concerning 46th nationally, New Jersey districts are finally making progress toward ensuring children receive school breakfast, which can help improve their chances for school success.

This is being accomplished with more schools serving breakfast in the first few minutes of the school day, instead of the traditional method of serving breakfast before school when most children have not yet arrived. Known as “breakfast after the bell,” this approach significantly increases student participation.

Read the NJ news release.
Read the report.

Register Today! Free South Jersey School Breakfast Summit

Learn strategies to increase school breakfast participation and hear from South Jersey schools that are serving breakfast in more effective ways at the first South Jersey School Breakfast Summit on Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camden County Community College, Blackwood. (This was rescheduled from November due to Superstorm Sandy).

School officials will share valuable first-hand technical advice on how to increase student participation, including best practices for implementation, addressing common barriers and getting buy-in from important stakeholders. The event is hosted by Advocates for Children of New Jersey, Food Research and Action Center, New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids and the NJ Food for Thought School Breakfast Campaign Committee.

Register today!

Shine a Spotlight During National School Breakfast Week

National School Breakfast Week is March 4-8, 2013. The School Nutrition Association has the perfect campaign to shine the spotlight on your school breakfast program. Through “Be a Star with School Breakfast,” SNA offers many tools and resources to help you get started. 

Learn more.

Hamilton School Wins School Breakfast Award

The Hess School in Hamilton Township, Atlantic County, was recently recognized for its success in serving breakfast to more students.  The school won the “Eat Right, Move More” contest, a partnership among the New York Jets professional football team, state Department of Agriculture and the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council. It encourages New Jersey students to eat healthy food and become more active.

The emphasis this year is on schools such as Hess that offer breakfast in the classroom. The Hess school won a visit from a New York Jets player sometime in the spring for a talk about healthy food and exercise habits. The percentage of students participating in the breakfast program has risen from about 10 percent to 12 percent three years ago to between 35 percent and 40 percent.

Read the Atlantic City Press article.

In This Issue

South Jersey Summit

School Breakfast Week

Hess School Award

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.

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