A healthy breakfast helps students focus in class, score higher on standardized tests and succeed in school. Yet, just 30 percent of eligible NJ children receive breakfast in school, even though they are already enrolled in the federal school meals program.
Two years ago, New Jersey cut $3 million in state supplemental funding for school breakfast. Since then, New Jersey has dropped from 46th to 48th in the nation for its very low participation rate. This funding should be restored to encourage innovative approaches to serving school breakfast that are proven to boost participation.
Urge your state leaders to support school breakfast expansion.
A growing number of New Jersey school officials are realizing that they need to change the way they serve breakfast and begin offering it after school starts. Known as “breakfast after the bell,” this approach has been proven to ensure more hungry school children eat breakfast. State fiscal support would encourage and expand these efforts.
Right now, the state Legislature is debating the proposed budget. It is critical that they hear from people like you who support investments in children.
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