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Advocates for Children of New Jersey

ACNJ Enews
September 2014

NFL Player to Appear at School Breakfast Event

On Oct. 7 at 9:30 a.m., the NJ Food for Thought Campaign will honor the winners of the New Jersey School Breakfast Challenge, with special guest appearance by an NFL Player, courtesy of the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council. Also joining us will be NJ Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher. At this free event, Advocates for Children of New Jersey will release its 4th Annual NJ School Breakfast Report, highlighting breakfast champs and “underachievers” and tracking New Jersey’s progress in this critical area of child nutrition.

Please register today to learn more about how NJ schools are feeding hungry children – and how you can make a difference in your own backyard.

The North Jersey challenge winners are: Bound Brook (1st), New Brunswick (2nd), East Newark (3rd)
The South Jersey challenge winners are: Quinton (1st), Folsom (2nd), Trenton (3rd)

Register online.

WIC Win in Newark

Following the May release of ACNJ’s special report on child nutrition in Newark, the city’s children are already reaping results. City officials recently said that the Department of Health is moving aggressively to authorize more vendors to accept WIC benefits, giving mothers more places to buy nutritional food for their infants and young children. Six additional locations have already been authorized, with more in the pipeline. This was one of ACNJ’s key recommendations.

Sign Letter Urging President Obama to Invest in Child Nutrition Programs

As we gear up for Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2015, a national coalition is circulating a letter urging President Obama to continue his commitment to the child nutrition programs and efforts to reduce child hunger and obesity by including significant new investments to the programs in his FY2016 budget.

Please consider signing on to the letter, either as an individual or organization. The deadline Friday, Sept. 19.

Sign on today.

New Census Data on NJ Children Set for Sept. 18 Release

On Sept. 18, the U.S. Census Bureau will release updated 2013 American Community Survey Data (ACS) on poverty, health insurance, housing costs and other critical measures of child and family well-being in New Jersey and across the nation. The ACS is an ongoing survey that generates estimates on social, economic and demographic topics. ACNJ uses these data in its Kids Count reports and to measure how children across our counties, cities and state are faring. We will release a summary of key trends from the new ACS data, so stay tuned.

Attention Newark Parents: After-school Directory Now Available!

ACNJ’s annual Newark After-School Directory is now available, with updated information on dozens of after-school programs across the city. The directory is free. Parents and others can call (973) 643-3876 to request copies. We will mail up to 10 copies free of charge (although tax-deductible donations are always welcome). For more than 10 copies, please call to arrange a pick-up time. The directory is also available online at www.acnj.org. Questions? Contact Beatriz Alcaraz at balcaraz@acnj.org.

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