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February 14, 2017

NJ moves to 19th place for school breakfast participation

New Jersey is now in the top 20 nationwide for ensuring that more low-income students start their school day with a healthy morning meal, giving them the nutrition they need to concentrate and learn, according to a national report released today.

The Food Research and Action Center’s (FRAC) School Breakfast Scorecard found that New Jersey’s participation rate increased 6 percent, pushing the state to 19th place, up from 23rd last year. In 2015-16, nearly 59 percent of low-income students who ate lunch at school also received breakfast, the report said.

Prior to the launch of the 2011 launch of NJ Food for Thought Campaign, New Jersey ranked nearly last in the nation. Many thanks to our campaign partners for helping to make this happen!

Read NJ’s news release.
Read the report.

Promote breakfast in your schools

Help increase student participation in school breakfast by participating in School Breakfast Week, set for March 6-10 is National School Breakfast Week. Schools across the nation host fun activities to raise awareness of the importance of breakfast and promote effective ways for schools to serve breakfast to more students. This year's theme is "Take the School Breakfast Challenge."

The National School Nutrition Association provides a toolkit for schools to plan fun events, activities, giveaways and other ideas to engage students, parents and the entire school community in making sure all students start their day with a healthy meal.

View the toolkit.

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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