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May 2014

Community Eligibility option now available

Community Eligibility (CEP) is a new tool that allows high- poverty schools to offer breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge, while eliminating school meal applications. States were required to publish lists of all eligible and near-eligible schools by May 1.

View NJ’s list of eligible schools.

The Food Research and Action Center has assembled a host of easy-to-use resources to help school officials implement this new provision, including ways to ensure you receive state and federal funding in the absence of school meal applications. The state Departments of Education and Agriculture are expected to issue guidance on how districts can implement this option, so stay tuned.

Learn more.

Kids Count reports track progress on school breakfast

New Jersey schools are making progress in feeding more low-income students school breakfast, with a 54 percent jump statewide, according to just-released NJ Kids Count data. Every single county achieved increases in the number of students receiving a nutritious morning meal that can help them concentrate and learn.

At 160 percent, Hunterdon saw the highest increase in the percent of low-income students eating breakfast, but the county’s schools fed just 14 percent of these children in April 2013. Cape May had the smallest increase at 2 percent. Cumberland fed the highest percent of eligible students at 56 percent.

Find out how your county ranked.

New NJ school breakfast website

We have recently launched a new, user-friendly website for the NJ Food for Thought School Breakfast Campaign. Here you will find both advocacy and implementation tools to create more effective breakfast programs, New Jersey success stories and data on school breakfast participation for every district with 20 percent or more eligible students.

Visit the site at www.njschoolbreakfast.org.

In This Issue

Kids Count tracks data on school breakfast

New website

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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