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Summer meals in full swing!

Summer is in full swing and we need to keep getting the word out about free summer meals in communities across New Jersey.

This summer, New Jersey communities are expected to host 1,400 summer meals sites, including ones where kids can just show up and receive a healthy, free meal to help replace the school meals many rely on during the academic year. At open sites, no identification or application is required. Many sites also host fun, engaging activities for children 18 and under.

Check out our easy-to-use outreach resources and start spreading the word!  

Learn about hosting summer, afterschool meals

Want to learn more about feeding children using federal dollars? The Community Food Bank of New Jersey and NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Programs are hosting an open house on Aug. 7 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. to help organizations serve summer and afterschool meals.

The event will be held at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Southern Branch, 6735 E Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township. If your organization provides regularly scheduled activities for children after the regular school day or on weekends, you could be eligible to serve after-school meals at little or no cost.

Register for this free event

Webinar: Engaging educators in breakfast after the bell

July 13 at 3 p.m.| Register Now.

Educators are key to implementing successful breakfast after the bell programs. Join this Food Research & Action Center webinar to learn how to engage teachers, principals and administrators to create effective and sustainable programs, such as breakfast in the classroom, “grab and go,” and second chance. Resources will also be shared to help ensure your school’s transition to a breakfast after the bell program is smooth and successful.

Webinar: Afterschool meals partnerships

July 20 at 1 p.m.| Register Now.

The new school year is around the corner so it’s the perfect time to reach out to potential partners who can assist in building a stronger Afterschool Meal Program. Libraries are moving from serving summer meals to also participating in the Afterschool Meal Program. Mayors are running city-wide efforts to increase participation in Afterschool Meals and there are opportunities to partner with groups that are offering innovative afterschool programming. Join this call to learn more about the creative partnerships that are happening across the country.

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.

Advocates for Children of New Jersey
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(Between Bleeker St. and Central Ave.)
973.643.3876 I Fax 973.643.9153 I www.acnj.org 
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