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School breakfast grants available!

Action for Healthy Kids will award schools and districts grants for the 2018–2019 school year to implement new alternative breakfast initiatives, including breakfast in the classroom, second chance breakfast, and “grab and go.” Grants range from $2,000 or $3,000 and are available to schools where at least 40 percent of students are eligible for free and reduced-price meals. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 6

As New Jersey moves toward requiring breakfast after the bell in high-poverty schools, this funding can help districts get their programs up and running.

Learn more.

Getting the word out about summer meals

April 5 — 1 p.m. | Register here.

Join this FRAC webinar to learn how to promote summer meals to boost participation. You will hear about effective methods and resources to promote programs, raise awareness and ensure more families are connected to summer meals this year.

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

Sign on to Community Eligibility & feed more students

The Food Research & Action Center is hosting a series of free webinars to help districts determine if this option makes sense for their schools and to provide tools to successfully participate in Community Eligibility. 

Community Eligibility: Strategies for Partial Implementation
April 11, 2 p.m. | Register here 

Implementing community eligibility districtwide may not be financially viable for all school districts. Join this webinar to learn more about the flexibility school districts have when implementing this option.

Community Eligibility: Basics, Benefits and Best Practices
April 12, 3 p.m. | Register here

School districts need to decide if they want to opt in for the 2018–2019 school year by June 30. This webinar will cover the basics of how community eligibility works, important dates to remember and why schools should consider opting in.

Successful Strategies for Collecting Alternative Income Forms in Community Eligibility Schools
April 16, 2 p.m. | Register here 

Community eligibility eliminates the need to collect school meal applications, but New Jersey requires community eligibility schools to collect alternative forms for school funding purposes. Join this webinar to learn from school nutrition directors who are successfully collecting alternative income forms and have overcome this perceived barrier to community eligibility participation.

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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