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February 2015

Dear Supporter,

You are cordially invited to attend the New Jersey Learning Connection Forum on March 24 at the Hotel Woodbridge, 120 Wood Avenue, South Iselin. This forum will focus on critical health and wellness issues facing New Jersey students, including anti-bullying, nutrition and other factors that support students’ overall development and academic success. Be one of the first 50 to register and be entered into a drawing for TWO tickets to a 2015 NFL Game!

Register online now.

This event is an opportunity for school leaders to come together to learn more about how New Jersey school districts are addressing health and wellness issues. Keynote speaker Dr. Joel Haber will focus on effective anti-bullying strategies, while panel discussions will focus on child nutrition and other issues. The event is sponsored by the American Dairy Council and Association, the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Council and the New Jersey Food for Thought School Breakfast Campaign.

Register online today for this free event. Space is limited.

Interested in ramping up your breakfast program?

Help is available. Check out the NJ Food for Thought Resource page for links to organizations and programs that can help you increase breakfast participation, ensuring more students begin their school day ready to learn and increasing your federal meal reimbursements.

It’s not too early to start thinking summer…

The Food Research and Action Center and Share Our Strength recently released the results of a survey of summer meal sponsors that provide insight into how they work, the challenges they face and how they have been able to grow their programs, ensuring that more students have the nutrition they need all year long.

More than 70 percent of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with the summer meal programs, with many noting that training or technical assistance from the state agency was a positive aspect of the experience.

Read more.

And stay tuned…

On Feb. 11, the Food Research and Action Center will release its annual survey of school breakfast programs across the nation. Last year, New Jersey rose from 46th to 37th.  Where will we rank this year? We’re betting a lot better as so many districts have stepped up to meet the school breakfast challenge. We’ll keep you posted.

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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