summer meals Report

Hunger Free New Jersey's report finds pandemic amplifies need for summer meals for kids.

The COVID pandemic has amplified the need to feed children healthy food in the summer when schools are closed and youth lack access to school meals. Yet, New Jersey communities are reaching just 26 percent of children who eat free and low-cost school lunch. This year's report highlight examples of innovative partnerships that can deliver meals to more children, while measuring progress on summer meal expansion.

The State of Summer Meals in New Jersey, 2019

Released June 17, 2020, the report finds that New Jersey communities lost ground on feeding children in summer 2019 through two federal summer meals programs. But many communities forged innovative ways to feed kids during the emergency school closings.

Local summer meals data.

Hunger Free New Jersey analyzed data measuring community-level participation from 2018 to 2019. We encourage local advocates to use this information to boost summer meals in their communities.

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Help spread the word about summer meals!

Getting the word out about summer meals is key to reaching all those in need. This takes a community-wide effort -- schools, community and faith-based organizations, local government -- all have a role to play. We've made it really simple to spread the word with our toolkit, flyers & other resources.