The Food Research & Action Center found that the number of New Jersey children receiving afterschool meals through two federal programs inched up 4 percent from October 2016 to October 2017, when nearly 61,000 children received a snack or meal on an average day. Most of that growth was in afterschool suppers, which rose 13 percent during that time.
Sites must provide afterschool activities for children, such as physical recreation or enrichment programs. Most aferschool meals sites are schools and afterschool programs operated by community organizations or municipalities. Sponsors are reimbursed by the federal government for each meal served. The program is administered on the state level by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.