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Time to spread the word about summer meals!
When school lets out, hunger sets in for far too many New Jersey children. To combat summertime hunger, communities across New Jersey provide free, healthy meals to any child under 18. We need to make sure parents know about this critical nutrition assistance.
The New Jersey Food for Thought Campaign has posted a list of summer meal sponsors, along with a local outreach toolkit, flyers, social media messages, sample letters to the editor and other outreach tools.
Please download these resources and share with your networks, distribute flyers in your community, submit a letter to the editor and get information out through your schools.
About Summer Meals
In general, summer meals, funded through the USDA, are free and require no identification or income verification from parents. Unfortunately, many parents simply do not know they exist.
Not only do these programs provide nutritious meals, they also give kids a chance to engage in fun, healthy activities during the summer months. Please help combat childhood hunger and ensure students in your town have the summertime nutrition they need to return to school in September ready to learn.
The Food for Thought Campaign is a partnership of the New Jersey Departments of Agriculture and Education, child advocates, anti-hunger and health organizations, statewide education associations and national organizations.
Advocates for Children of New Jersey