Summer Meals for School Success

A guide to building successful summer meal programs

New Jersey school districts with at least half of students eligible for free or reduced-price school meals must participate in the Summer Food Service Program, starting in 2020. This guide provide tips, strategies and resources for serving summer meals, giving students the nutrition they need to return to school healthy and ready to learn. View the online guide below, divided into key sections, or download the entire guide. Contact hungerfreenj@cfanj.org for hard copies.

10 Strategies for Successful Summer Meals

Here are 10 smart strategies for implementing summer meal programs that reach all children who can benefit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Advice from New Jersey School Officials

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Success with Summer Meal Programs

Here’s a look at a handful of the many New Jersey communities tapping into federal dollars to feed kids summer meals.

East Orange

When school lets out, the City of East Orange kicks into high gear to feed kids all summer long.

Compass Academy

Connecting with the community helps Compass Academy Charter School serve up summer meals.

Lakewood

At the Lakewood School District, feeding kids is a year-round business.

Bridgeton

Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly turned a $10,000 grant into a bright, inviting mobile meals bus.

Jamesburg

Jamesburg jumps on board with summer meals.

More Resources for Successful Summer Meals

Links to fact sheets, guides, cost calculators, grants and more.