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25 Jun

Breakfast guidance for schools

State encourages school districts to implement effective breakfast programs. New joint guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture highlights the importance of a new state law that requires high-poverty schools to serve breakfast during the regular school day — rather than before school when most children have not yet arrived. The guidance is important as schools with at least 70 percent of students eligible for free or low-cost school meals must implement these programs...

30 May

Talking Hunger NJ

State and federal officials, emergency food providers and advocates gathered today to discuss federal issues related to reducing hunger, examining ways to fight threats while advancing efforts to ensure all New Jersey residents have healthy food to eat, every single day. U.S. Representatives Frank Pallone and Josh Gottheimer, along with Congressional staff, attended the session, A Congressional Conversation: Hunger in New Jersey, sponsored by Hunger Free New Jersey and the New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative – Rutgers University. The event was...

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 —...

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...

31 Jan

-Resources abound on new website to feed kids!

The New Jersey Food for Thought Campaign has just launched a brand new website chock full of information and resources to help deliver school breakfast, summer and afterschool meals to more children in need. On the site, managed by Hunger Free New Jersey, you’ll find information about all three federal child nutrition programs, resources for both advocacy and implementation, grant info and links to organizations that can help communities claim federal dollars to feed more hungry kids. Please view and share!

17 Jan

-SNAP benefits issued early

Amid the government shutdown, the roughly 730,000 New Jersey residents who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, (SNAP, aka food stamps) will receive their full February benefits early. The benefits are being issued today. A provision in the budget bill, which expired Dec. 21, allows the federal government to make certain payments up to 30 days after the budget’s end. Families will need to budget to ensure the benefits stretch through February. We are joining with the New Jersey Department of Human...

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...