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childhood hunger

07 May

-Too many babies missing out on WIC

Far too many pregnant women, new mothers, and their young children in the U.S. are missing out on the healthy nutrition they need, according to a report released today by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). Making WIC Work Better: Strategies to Reach More Women and Children and Strengthen Benefits Use features a comprehensive set of recommendations to overcome the barriers that have led to a shocking downward trend in participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program...

03 Apr

-NJ’s poorest schools missing out on school breakfast

A new report finds that just half of students in the state’s most impoverished schools are receiving federally-funded school breakfast. This is because many continue to serve breakfast before school when most children have not yet arrived, according to a new report. Under a new state law, these schools will be required to serve breakfast during the school day no later than September 2019, according to the report, published by

19 Feb

-NJ Spotlight covers FRAC school breakfast scorecard

A great article from NJ Spotlight about the Food Research & Action Center’s recent report, showing New Jersey headed in the wrong direction on serving school breakfast to low-income students. Read the coverage. Despite the bad news, we’re very confidence we will begin climbing back up the school breakfast ranks, once high-poverty schools begin to comply with a new law that requires any school with at least 70 percent of low-income students to serve breakfast after the bell —...

15 Feb

-What Does Hunger Look Like?

Take a moment to look around your neighborhood, chances are most of your neighbors live in a nice home, drive a decent car, maybe have a have pet or two and have some form of income.  How could food insecurity be an issue here, in beautiful Bergen County? I have long supported food relief programs within the United States, it was not until I became an employee of CFA that I became fully aware of how pervasive hunger is in...

13 Feb

-NJ slips in school breakfast ranks

New state law promises improvement New Jersey is heading in the wrong direction when it comes to providing school breakfast to low-income students, many of whom routinely face hunger, according to a national report released today. The state dropped from 19th to 21st place in the Food Research and Action Center’s (FRAC) annual School Breakfast Scorecard. Since 2011, New Jersey schools had made steady progress in reaching more hungry children through the federal School Breakfast Program, but...

03 Oct

–Fueling Up for School Breakfast

Eagles player, kids wearing milk mustaches, school breakfast champs & more at our event today in Atlantic City… We had a great time celebrating school breakfast and spotlighting a new state law that requires all high-poverty schools to serve breakfast after the bell. We started the morning with a visit to Mrs. Lee’s 3rd grade class at the Richmond Avenue School in Atlantic City, where breakfast is served to all students from grades pre-k through high school. The district serves a...

06 Sep

-Join us for a school breakfast event!

On Oct. 2, we’ll spotlight the importance of school breakfast and discuss a new law that requires high-poverty New Jersey schools to serve breakfast during the school day. Known as breakfast after the bell, this approach significantly boosts school breakfast participation. We are holding the event at the Richmond Avenue School in Atlantic City. The district is a leader in providing breakfast to students in all of its school. Hear from local school officials and others about how breakfast after the...

22 Aug

-Read our primer about new breakfast law

A new state law requires high-poverty New Jersey schools to serve breakfast during the school day. Our new primer explains the ins and outs. Under legislation signed into law in May 2018, schools with at least 70 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals must provide breakfast during the school day. Known as breakfast after the bell, this approach significantly increases student participation in this critical child nutrition program. An estimated 500 schools educating nearly 308,000 students...

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