Creating Nourishing Communities

Grassroots Organizing

Communities team up to feed kids

Hunger Free New Jersey helps community partners team up to feed kids in their own backyard. From grassroots organizing to assisting with the implementation of successful child nutrition programs, HFNJ can help your community claim federal dollars to feed kids. Here are some of the results of that work. To learn more, contact Lisa Pitz at

Dover teams up to serve summer meals

A group of Dover community organizations wanted to feed children in the summer.  So they teamed up. The Town of Dover provides the meals, which are served at St. John’s Episcopal Church. To attract more children, various community organizations are providing activities, including Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America,  Zufall Health and the local fire department. Launched in 2019, the program is a huge success, drawing 50 children each day, giving them healthy food and fun activities. Plans call for expansion in 2020.

Englewood pairs pool and lunch

The Englewood Park and Recreation Department teamed up with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey to serve up summer meals at the local pool.

With assistance from Hunger Free New Jersey, the new program was marketed through a variety of organizations, including Center for Food Action, the Englewood Public Library, Bergen Family Center, Women’s Rights and Information Center and the City of Englewood. A kickoff event with Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes helped boost attendance at this new program, which launched in 2019.

Serving up breakfast after the bell

Working with school officials, Hunger Free New Jersey helps towns across New Jersey move from serving breakfast before school to serving it during the first few minutes of the school day. Some recent wins include Fairview, which will launch breakfast after the bell in four of its schools in September 2019. Clifton also implemented breakfast after the bell in three schools, with plans for expansion in fall 2019.