Creating Communities that Nourish Children
The New Jersey Food for Thought Campaign works in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to expand access to three federal child nutrition programs — school breakfast, summer meals and afterschool snacks and dinners.
The New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition co-leads the campaign, working at both the state and local levels to convince state and community leaders to support and advance efforts to ensure more New Jersey communities work together to feed hungry children all year long.
If you would like more information or need help in forming a local coalition to advocate for expansion of child nutrition programs, please contact Lisa Pitz, outreach director, New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition at email@example.com.
New Jersey has made great progress in serving school breakfast to more students. Expansion of summer and afterschool meals is also underway.
Read NJAHC’s New Jersey’s School Breakfast Story.
Still, tens of thousands of children in low-income families are missing out on this critical nutrition – and our communities are failing to claim millions of federal dollars that could be coming back to New Jersey to feed hungry children.
National standards recommend that 70 percent of low-income children who receive free or low-cost school lunch also receive breakfast, while 40 percent should receive summer meals and 10 percent should have afterschool meals.
In 2017, 57 percent of New Jersey’s low-income students who ate school lunch also had school breakfast, while about 21 percent received summer meals. We expect to have data soon for participation in the afterschool meals program.