September 28, 2011 E-news
ACNJ Calls for Expansion of School Breakfast
in New Jersey
New Jersey school districts and state leaders must expand creative approaches to serving school breakfast to tens of thousands of disadvantaged students across the state, according to a report released today by Advocates for Children of New Jersey.
New Jersey has one of the lowest school breakfast participation rates in the country, with just 28 percent of eligible children participating in this federally-funded program.
Read the report.
The report marks the start of ACNJ’s Food For Thought School Breakfast Campaign today in Perth Amboy, drawing support from Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher and Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake. Senator Joseph Vitale and Assemblyman John Wisniewski of the 19th Legislative District, where Perth Amboy is located, also voiced support for the initiative. Perth Amboy is one of the few districts in the state providing classroom breakfast to most of its students.
ACNJ is calling on advocates around the state to assist in efforts to expand innovative approaches to school breakfast. The report and accompanying data for every district in the state provide a blueprint for change that can help children succeed in school.
“It is our hope that local, county and state advocates will use this information to convince their school boards and superintendents that expanding school breakfast makes sense for children, their districts and the state as a whole,” said Cecilia Zalkind, ACNJ executive director. “This small investment can leverage the considerable funds we spend on education and child health. Our children need and deserve this healthy start to their school day.”
Find district data for school breakfast participation in your county.
Read the news release.
Read the report.