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Check out our new summer meals outreach toolkit!

As communities gear up to serve meals this summer, it’s critical that parents and other caregivers know where their children can find needed nutrition when school is out. Advocates for Children of New Jersey, in partnership with the NJ Food for Thought Campaign, just released an easy-to-use local outreach toolkit with sample messages, news releases and other tips to make marketing easy for summer meal sponsors and sites across the state to promote their programs.

Please use this toolkit to spread the word about summer meals in your community and share with your partners!

Download the toolkit.  

Toolkit helps serve breakfast in high schools

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, recently released the Secondary School Principals’ Breakfast After the Bell Toolkit to help these principals implement breakfast after the bell.

The toolkit contains valuable and customizable resources, including tips for a successful program, sample outreach materials for communicating with staff and families and event planning materials. his summertime nutrition is critical, especially for kids who rely on school meals during the academic year. Sponsors provide meals to sites, including recreation programs, community pools, community athletic programs, libraries, faith-based organizations and others that host summer programs for kids.

View the toolkit..

No cuts to child nutrition in this round.

First the good news. The recently-adopted federal budget, which funds the U.S. government through September 2017, did not contain any cuts to school nutrition programs. But, the Trump administration is backing off stricter nutrition guidelines, allowing schools to serve foods with fewer grains and more salt. According to FRAC, schools are serving healthier meals and students are enjoying them. The campaign encourages school districts to continue to adhere to the healthier standards.

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Webinar: Schools operating afterschool meals programs

May 18 at 1 p.m.| Register Now.

Schools are a natural fit for operating the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program, with food service experience, established systems and educational programming already in place to support successful implementation. Hear from presenters on how to build stronger, sustainable Afterschool Meal Programs by engaging community partners and serving healthy, kid-friendly meals.

The Food for Thought Campaign is a partnership of the New Jersey Departments of Agriculture and Education, child advocates, anti-hunger and health organizations, statewide education associations and national organizations.

View a list of campaign partners.

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