Time to start planning for summer meals!
This summer, all school districts with at least half of students eligible for free or reduced-price school meals must participate in the Summer Food Service Program.
Hunger Free New Jersey recently published a user-friendly guide with 10 key strategies for successful summer meals. The first tip: Start early! Feeding children in the summer bridges the meal gap for kids who rely on school meals. This helps them return to school healthy and ready to learn.
Bill advances to provide free meals to more students
The state Legislature recently approved a measure that would make school lunch free to more low-income students. The bill now awaits Gov. Phil Murphy’s signature.
This legislation, A-5855/S-4200 which Hunger Free New Jersey supported, would provide $4.5 million in state funds to cover the cost of meals served to students who pay a reduced price for those meals.
Sponsored by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Sen. Teresa Ruiz, this legislation is especially important as the minimum wage rises. This will likely push more families into the reduced-price category, even though they still struggle financially. The measure could also help reduce school meal debt.