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More schools signing on CEP

A growing number of New Jersey school districts are taking advantage of a relatively new federal option that allows high-poverty schools to provide free meals to all students. In exchange, these schools receive increased federal reimbursements and reduced paperwork requirements. In 2016-17, 44 New Jersey school districts used the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), compared to just 16 districts two school years prior.

Those districts using CEP report higher reimbursements that have helped them feed more students – and improve the quality of food served.

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture publishes a list of schools eligible to participate. For more information, contact the department at (609) 984-0692.

Learn more about CEP.

Transitioning from snacks to meals

November 16 – 1 p.m.

Most afterschool programs serve snacks, but for many children a snack is not enough. Children eat lunch hours before the afterschool program and need more than just a snack to make it through the afternoon. Serving meals, instead of or in addition to snacks, is an easy transition when programs have the right tools. Join this call to learn about the many ways it pays to serve meals afterschool and tips on how to transition your program from snacks to meals.

Register to participate in the call.

Partnering up to serve up summer meals to more kids

The best way for communities to fight summertime hunger is to team up to build effective summer meals program. This toolkit from No Kid Hungry provides useful strategies for engaging the community – schools, municipal government, non-profit organizations, libraries and others – to work together to serve up healthy meals so all children have the summertime nutrition they need to return to school each September ready to learn.

It takes time to plan and implement effective summer meals programs. Now is a great time to start!

View the toolkit.

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.)
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