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July 8, 2016

Summer’s here and so is hunger for too many kids

The federal summer meals program aims to fill the hunger gap for children who rely on school meals during the academic year. These meals are served at sites where kids congregate, including schools, parks, recreation programs and pools. New Jersey has increased the number of sites offering healthy meals to children in high-poverty communities this summer.

To locate meal sites in your community, check with your local school district, mayor’s office or call the New Jersey Department of Agriculture at (609) 292-4498.

To learn more, visit njsummermeals.org.

Equipment grants for school meals

The USDA-Food Nutrition Services is offering $30 million in Equipment Assistance Grants to purchase equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated federal standards.

Priority will be given to high-need schools (i.e., schools in underserved areas, schools with limited access to other resources and age of food service equipment) where 50 percent or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Learn more.

Is your school eligible for more federal funds for meals?

The Food Research and Action Center’s new database makes it easy to find out which schools are  eligible or near-eligible for the Community Eligibility option, which allows schools to feed all children, reduce paperwork and receive higher federal reimbursements. Schools have until Aug. 31 to apply to participate so look for your school today.

Find out if your school is eligible.

How hungry is New Jersey?

The Food Research & Action Center’s recent report, How Hungry is America?, shows that the United States has made significant progress in addressing food hardship since the Great Recession, but millions of Americans still live in households that struggle to put food on the table.

Find out how NJ ranks.

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.

Advocates for Children of New Jersey
 35 Halsey Street 2nd Floor, Newark, NJ 07102
(Between Bleeker St. and Central Ave.)
973.643.3876 I Fax 973.643.9153 I www.acnj.org 
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