child nutrition

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

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...

06 Aug

-NJ kids more likely to suffer from hunger

A new report from the Food Research & Action Center finds New Jersey families with children struggle to feed their kids more so than families in most other states. The report, How Hungry is America?, found that 16 percent of New Jersey households with children faced hunger, compared to 11.5 percent of households without children. New Jersey was one of the 15 worst states in the nation for its high ratio of hunger in households with children compared...