Advice from NJ School officials
- Visit a successful site to learn more about how it operates.
- Ask questions to be better prepared.
— Michael Pichowicz, assistant business administrator,
- Invite siblings of students participating in a program to come for a meal to boost participation.
- Be sure you know the differences between SFSP and the National School Lunch Program and under which program you are serving meals.
- Follow the rules. NJDA carefully inspects and monitors sites.
—Alfred Savio, business administrator, Newton School District
- Offer meals to parents and other caregivers for $1 to help boost participation.
- Provide meals at community camps and other sites.
—Joel T. Johnston, school lead and founder, Compass Academy Charter School
- Offer an activity to increase participation.
- Encourage constant communication with sites, including attendance and changes in meal counts.
- Form a strong relationship with the food services vendor to ensure they can accommodate additional meals needed on a dime.
—Sharon Sperling Slater, summer food coordinator/school liaison, Plainfield City Division of Parks & Recreation
- Start early.
- Communicate with principals and engage them in program implementation.
—Tonya McGill, executive director of food services, Newark Public Schools