The tremendous success of the New Jersey Food for Thought Campaign is due, in large part, to the dedication of local advocates who have convinced school officials, mayors and other local leaders to make feeding children a priority by implementing or expanding child nutrition programs. Parents, teachers, principals, community leaders and others can all play a role. Here are tools you need to become an effective advocate for children in your own backyard.

What can you do?

Combating childhood hunger takes a community-wide effort. You can help bring together leaders in your town to tackle childhood hunger,

Federal dollars are available to feed children who would otherwise go hungry. It just takes the will to meet the logistics of establishing and sustaining these programs in your community. 

You need the support of school and municipal leaders to make this happen. We have created and compiled a set of tools to help you convince local leaders to maximize the use of these programs to feed children. 

Present
Data and information about child nutrition programs to your school board, PTA and superintendent.
Organize
A meeting of local officials and community organizations to discuss ways the community can work together to feed children.
Write
A letter to the editor.
Join
One of the campaign's existing coalitions.
Engage
Faith-based and other organizations to join your efforts.
Promote
Summer meals in your community so parents and other caregivers know where to find meals .

Need Help?

The campaign works with local coalitions to organize meetings and develop strategies to maximize participation in federal child nutrition program and reduce childhood hunger.

Contact Lisa Pitz, outreach director, Hunger Free New Jersey, lpitz@cfanj.org or Aisha King, American Dairy Association Northeast, aking@milk4u.org