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Advocates for Children of New Jersey

More Newark Children in Need of Nutritional Supports

A growing number of Newark children depend on school meals and food stamps to get the nutrition they need to grow up healthy and become productive members of their communities, according to a report released today by Advocates for Children of New Jersey.

As summer starts, those supports are even more important when school-age children who rely on school meals to stay nourished may have limited access to healthy food.

The report, Heading Off Hunger: A Snapshot of Child Nutrition in Newark, also found that while the city, school districts and many community-based programs offer child nutrition and fitness programs, it is nearly impossible to measure whether children’s nutritional needs are being met with healthy foods.

“This report is a first step toward painting a more comprehensive picture of the state of child nutrition in Newark,” said Cecilia Zalkind, executive director of Advocates for Children of New Jersey. “It became clear in our research that there is a lack of data and information, which could help guide more effective responses to childhood hunger and obesity.”

Read the report.

View power point presentation.