NJ Afterschool Meals Report 2019

From 2016 to 2019, New Jersey communities have achieved a 34 percent increase in the number of children receiving afterschool suppers. Despite this progress, New Jersey still falls short of reaching all children who could benefit and is missing out on $19.9 million in federal funds to feed hungry kids. Hunger Free New Jersey encourages communities to use the information in our report and the local data to expand supper service to hungry children, helping to improve their health, academic success and overall well-being.

The State of Afterschool Meals in New Jersey, 2019

Released September 2019, the report finds that a growing number of New Jersey children are receiving afterschool snacks and suppers, but communities still fall short of reaching the recommended 15 percent of children who could benefit from suppertime nutrition.

Local afterschool meals data.

Hunger Free New Jersey's local data details snacks and suppers served and the additional federal reimbursements communities could receive if they served supper to 15 percent of eligible children.

Success with Afterschool Meals

Here’s a look at a handful of the many New Jersey communities tapping into federal dollars to feed kids afterschool suppers.

Kids Cafes

The Community Food Bank of NJ is serving up suppers in communities across the state.


The Newark School District feeds children in its schools and across the city.


Dinner is an essential service to students and parents alike.


Paterson continues to expand afterschool supper program.

Capital Area YMCA

Dinners are a community partnership in Trenton.


View afterschool meals data for all NJ participating communities.