Money for Meals

Funds are available to feed kids in your community.

While federal reimbursements typically cover the cost of providing meals to children through the school breakfast, summer and afterschool meals programs, organizations sometime face other uncovered expenses.

A variety of organizations provide funding for start-up costs, such as insulated bags or grab-n-go carts, while others may offer dollars for capitol improvements, staffing and other costs associated with participating in these programs. This page provides some resources. We are continually updating as funds become available so check back often. Or, better year, sign up for our e-news so you never miss an opportunity. Be sure to check the “child nutrition” group so you receive relevant information.

Funding Sources to Feed Kids

Following are some sources for potential funding. View websites for more details.

The New Jersey Child Nutrition Program, managed by Reinvestment Fund with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, offers business planning and grants to childcare operators, community-based organizations and food vendors that participate or seek to participate in afterschool and summer meals programs.

This program, offered by the American Dairy Association Northeast, provides grants to qualified K-12 schools to improve the healthy eating and physical activity opportunities. Up to $4,000 per year is available to jumpstart healthy changes. 

The USDA, which funds federal child nutrition programs, periodically offers grants to schools and community organizations to help increase participation in federally-funded child nutrition programs, including school breakfast, summer and afterschool meals.

School Breakfast Grants

No Kid Hungry and Kellogg offer breakfast after the bell funding for schools across the United States.

Action for Healthy Kids  provides grants to help schools improve their students’ wellness, including breakfast grants.. 

Walmart Foundation awards grants of $250 to $5,000 through Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and other facilities. 

More about funding for meals

The federal government reimburses schools, local government and community organizations for each qualified meal they serve children. Reimbursements vary by program, family income and other factors. Below are links to more information about reimbursement for each program.

New Jersey Food for Thought Campaign

Hunger Free New Jersey leads the New Jersey Food for Thought Campaign. We welcome new partners!