New law requires breakfast after the bell

A new state law requires high-poverty districts to serve breakfast during the regular school day, promising to give tens of thousands more NJ kids a healthy start to their school day.

The new law requires schools with at least 70 percent of students eligible for free- or reduced-price meals to provide breakfast during the school day. An estimated 500 schools educating nearly 308,000 students will be required to serve breakfast “after the bell,” according to an analysis by Advocates for Children of New Jersey.

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