More New Jersey children are receiving school breakfast and summer meals sites are expanding across the state, but much more work remains before all children are receiving the nutrition they need to learn, grow and be healthy, according to a new report from Advocates for Children of New Jersey.
The latest report continues to track New Jersey’s progress on school breakfast, documenting a 77 percent increase in student participation since 2010 — the year before the launch of the New Jersey Food for Thought School Breakfast Campaign, of which NJEA is a member.
Despite this great progress, 300,000 New Jersey children are still missing out on school breakfast. More children could also be receiving summer and after school meals if communities worked together to tap into federal child nutrition programs, the report said.
ACNJ urges individuals and organizations to use the data and information in the report to expand child nutrition programs in their communities.