Summer meals supplement approved

The New Jersey state budget includes $100,000 to help pay the cost of providing nutritious summer meals to children.

This funding will be distributed through a 25 cents per meal supplement. This will augment the per-meal reimbursements that summer meal sponsors receive from the federal government. This applies to schools and other organizations participating in the Summer Food Service Program.

The funding will be available to sponsors for meals served in summer 2021.

While this is great news, the funding amount means that only a small portion of the millions of meals served each summer will be reimbursed at the higher amount. Discussions are underway about how to structure this new supplement.

We are contributing to that discussion and will keep you posted as the program is developed.

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