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September 12, 2016

High schools lag in serving breakfast after the bell

As students across New Jersey head back to school this week, high schoolers will be less likely to begin their day with a healthy breakfast. According to Advocate for Children of New Jersey’s recent analysis, just 12 percent of secondary schools were serving breakfast after the bell, compared to nearly one-third of elementary schools.

The NJ Food for Campaign has been working with high schools across the state to help them switch to serving breakfast after the bell, which significantly increases student participation in this critical child nutrition program. You can help by sharing ACNJ’s report and video and use these as advocacy tools in your efforts to improve access to school breakfast for hungry kids.

View and share the report and video.

NJ Agriculture Department issues guidance on breakfast after the bell

The NJ Department of Agriculture last week issued a memo and a brochure encouraging districts to serve breakfast after the bell and providing guidance on how to best serve breakfast to increase federal reimbursements.

Read the memo.

Download the brochure.

The NJ Department of Education also recently issued a memo encouraging schools to serve breakfast after the bell.

Read DOE memo.

These documents should be used to help food service directors and school leaders make the switch to breakfast after the bell, while also serving as advocacy tools for those working in their communities to help make this important change in breakfast service.

Back to school is a great time to expand breakfast

As the new school year gets underway, there is no better time to launch efforts to expand school breakfast by implementing breakfast after the bell. The NJ Food for Thought Campaign has assembled a host of tools you can use to both advocate for breakfast after the bell and implement it.

Check out breakfast advocacy tools.
Check out breakfast implementation tools.

More nutrition resources…

The USDA recently released a guide to grants and loans that can help you get your nutrition programs up and running.

View the guide.

Making Breakfast Work in the Summer webinar, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. Tips and tricks for implementing and expanding breakfast summer meal service.

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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