Feeding NJ kids during coronavirus crisis

As the coronavirus has crippled our economy, putting thousands of parents out of work, New Jersey school districts have responded with critical food aid.

(See resources below that can help feed more kids).

In cities and towns throughout our state, school districts are using various strategies to feed students. We’ve heard from school nutrition staff who are distributing meals in school parking lots and at community-based sites.

Schools bus drivers and, in some cases, school leaders, are delivering meals to children’s homes and to homeless students in motels and shelters. Others are teaming up with community programs to provide much-needed food assistance.

Heroic efforts across the state are ensuring that our children will not go hungry during this crisis. 

Resources to Help Feed Kids

To help, Hunger Free New Jersey has compiled a list of resources for both schools and community organizations that can help expand efforts to feed children during this critical time. We will continue to update this, so please check back.

Webinar: Feeding children during the COVID-19 crisis: Best practices and resources. Learn effective strategies for onsite meal distribution and delivery, reaching homeless students, developing community partnerships and promoting safety.

Reinvestment Fund’s New Jersey Child Nutrition Fund is offering flexible and streamlined grants to help current Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors, sites and vendors continue meal service in response to COVID-19 disruptions. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

GenYOUth’s COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Fund: Grants are available to schools for meal distribution and delivery supplies. Apply here.

Nourishing Neighbors (formerly known as Hunger Is): Grants up to $10,00 are available to help families access the child nutrition programs, WIC, and SNAP.

Fuel Up to Play 60 Grants: Through these grants, up to $4,000 per year are available to eligible K-12 schools to jump-start healthy changes.

Action for Healthy Kids’ Game on Grants: These grants provide funds for physical activity and nutrition initiatives in schools that are eligible.

FRAC guide helps communities feed kids during school closures

Food Research & Action Center has created a guide that describes various options for school districts and community partners to serve meals during the current school closures. Schools and nonprofits should consult with the NJ Department of Agriculture prior to serving meals to ensure meals are eligible for reimbursements. But this guide answers common questions about new federal rules during this crisis.

Hunger Free New Jersey would like to commend school leaders, school nutrition staff, bus drivers and other school personnel for their dedication, hard work and commitment to our children during this extremely difficult time. Without you, many of these children would go hungry.

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