Thousands of NJ students not getting free breakfast

NJ School Breakfast Report 2012There is a free breakfast program that serves nutritious breakfast for New Jersey school children, but many qualified children are not getting it according to the 2nd Annual New Jersey School Breakfast Report released yesterday on 02 October. Last time I looked into this issue in the 1980s the school breakfast situation was about the same.

New Jersey law requires districts with 20 percent or more students eligible to receive free or reduced price meals to have a school breakfast program. Cecilia Zalkind, executive director of Advocates for Children of New Jersey, comments “We know that hungry children struggle to learn. All our efforts around education reform are in vain if students are hungry. We commend the districts that have stepped up to meet the school breakfast challenge.”

Contact the NJ Food for Thought School Breakfast Campaign for advice on how to make sure free breakfast becomes available to your community’s students. It may not happen without a citizen push to make it happen. The campaign’s coalition includes food, education, health and child advocates in New Jersey including Advocates for Children, the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition – and maybe you. If you get involved with this issue, please make sure to let us know.

View the report (pdf)

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