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June 2014

Community Eligibility “Last Call”

Join the Food Research and Action Center for a final conversation in advance of the June 30 deadline for districts to opt into the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Learn how to overcome perceived barriers and challenges to implementing CEP from state and local experts who have already successfully implemented community eligibility. The call is set for June 12 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Register here...

Need Help Launching Breakfast after the Bell?

Summer is the perfect time to work out the logistics of launching or expanding your school breakfast program. The NJ Food for Thought School Breakfast Campaign has assembled a host of resources and links to toolkits and grant opportunities. We can also help connect you with school leaders in your area who have successfully integrated breakfast after the bell into their morning routines.

Find online resources.

For help connecting with other school leaders, contact Reggie Dorsey at rdorsey@acnj.org.

NJ Falls Behind on Summer Meals

As many states across the nation saw encouraging increases in the number of children receiving summer meals, New Jersey moved in the opposite direction, according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC).

Nationally, the number of low-income children eating summer meals rose nearly 6 percent, while New Jersey say a 7 percent decline, dropping from 10th in 2012 to 15th nationally in 2013. If New Jersey achieved the recommended goal of serving summer meals to 40 percent of students who receive subsidized lunch, the state would collect nearly $6 million more in federal funds to feed hungry children.

Read the report.

Summer Food - Expanded Site Eligibility

New Guidance from USDA could result in more sites in low-income areas to become eligible for Summer Food.  Click to see if a site is eligible use FRAC’s Summer Food Mapper,  which has been updated with the new data. For more information on the new USDA guidance check the USDA memo Area Eligibility Using Census Data (pdf).

In This Issue

Help for launching Breakfast after the Bell

NJ behind on summer meals

Summer meals, expanding  elibility

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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