Despite this great progress, just 26 percent of low-income children who receive free or reduced-price lunch at school received summertime nutrition. A new state law requires all schools where at least half of students are low-income to participate in the federal Summer Meals Service Program by 2019, unless a district receives a waiver. All affected districts must participate by summer 2020. This will help ensure all kids get the summertime nutrition they need.
The New Jersey Food for Thought Campaign created an easy-to-use outreach toolkit and other resources to make marketing your summer meals program a snap.
Sites can be libraries, schools, parks, pools, playgrounds, housing developments and other places where children congregate in the summer. Sites do not pay for the meals. Sponsors are reimbursed by the federal government for each meal served. The program is administered on the state level by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.