Big news for NJ students: Healthy breakfast is on the way

June 6, 2018

It was a novel idea when the Community Foundation of New Jersey first funded it…

Provide students in low-income communities with a healthy breakfast after the school bell rings (when they are more likely to be at school) not before.

…and the success of the New Jersey Food for Thought Campaign has been nothing short of extraordinary.

  • First, New Jersey rocketed up the rankings of states providing a healthy breakfast to those students who need it: from 46th (2011) to 23rd (2016) to 19th (2017).
  • Then, as our state’s participation in the federal School Breakfast Program increased, the federal dollars that came back to New Jersey to feed these students more than doubled – to $105 million.
  • Now, with the program helping more students and saving the State money, Governor Murphy has signed into law legislation that requires New Jersey’s high-poverty schools to provide breakfast during the school day – a.k.a. after the bell.

The success of the New Jersey Food for Thought Campaign would not have been possible without the hard work and determination of so many partners, including the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition and Advocates for Children of New Jersey.

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Click here to read the report on New Jersey’s School Breakfast Story.