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School breakfast participation declines

Advocates for Children of New Jersey’s 7th annual School Breakfast Report, released in December, documented a disappointing 2 percent decline in student participation statewide.

While some schools saw an increase in participation, others experienced steep declines. After years of making tremendous progress, New Jersey schools must redouble efforts to serve breakfast at a time when most students are in school. That means serving breakfast after the bell, which substantially boosts participation. We encourage you to share the report and data with your school leaders and encourage them to switch to breakfast after the bell!

Find out how your district doing.
Read the report.
View media coverage.

Want to improve your breakfast participation? The New Jersey Food for Thought Campaign has assembled a host of implementation tools, including potential funding sources, to help. 

Now's the time to think summer!

Yes, we know it’s snowing outside, but summer is only a few short months away. So now is the time to gear up for your summer meals program. If you are interested in becoming a summer meals sponsor or operating a site through an existing sponsor in your area, please contact the New Jersey Department of Agriculture at 609-292-4498, or email SFSPCommunication@ag.state.nj.us

Using federal funds, summer meals sponsors provide meals to their own program sites and/or other sites in a community. School districts, local government, such as recreation departments, and non-profit organizations can all act as sponsors. Summer meals can be served up in any number of sites in a community, including libraries, parks, camps, pools and child-serving programs. Help fill the summertime nutrition gap by participating in the federal Summer Meals Program. Contact the Department of Agriculture today!

If you are already a sponsor, check out the Food Research & Action Center’s Summer Nutrition Programs Implementation Calendars and Guide for helpful advice on how to strengthen your program this coming summer.

Helpful Webinars

Let's Celebrate School Breakfast
Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. 

Are you ready for National School Breakfast Week (NSBW)? Students, parents, food service staff, educators, public officials and advocates from across the country will be celebrating school breakfast from March 5 to 9, 2018. Join this webinar for ideas on how to celebrate and advocate for school breakfast during NSBW and year-round.

Register now.

Partnerships for Building More Sustainable Afterschool Meal Programs
January 18 – 1 p.m.

Partnerships are an important part of growing and sustaining Afterschool Meal Programs. Partners can pool resources together and offer you and your program their time, energy and support. Join this call to learn about ways to increase sustainability of your program by collaborating with diverse community partners.

Register now.

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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