Let’s Move! Newark member, Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) released the report,Heading off Hunger this week. In the snapshot of child nutrition in Newark, ACNJ reported that nearly 41,000 students qualified for free- or reduced-price school meals. As we know, when school ends making sure that kids are getting access to meals can be challenging for our families.
The Federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children 18 years old and under at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children. The City of Newark’s SuNup Food Program, provides breakfast and lunch during the summer months to children who reside in the city and are between the ages of 0 and 18. The contact for this program is: Elizabeth Rainey at 94 Williams Street, phone (973) 733-7608 and e-mail email@example.com. Newark Public Schools also provides a summer meals program. Approximately 4,000 students enrolled in the Summer Plus program at 10 different sites will also receive breakfast and lunch. In their Extended Day Option youth will receive a snack between 3 and 6pm.
Promoting summer feeding sites in our community is one of the most important things we can do to ensure no child goes hungry this summer. The more parents, children, and teenagers know about where sites are located, the more children will come to eat. So we contacted Sam Read at Share Our Strength who shared with us Why Hunger‘s database to identify 124 sites in Newark that offer summer meals. This summer we will work to promote these sites and identify others that are not represented here.
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Another option for finding summer meals is through texting. With the help of the Arby’s Foundation, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign partnered with Why Hunger to develop a national texting, mapping and hotline system to help people find summer meals sites. You can text FOOD to 877-877 to find a site near you.
To learn more about summer meals you can go to this site. To join us identifying more summer meal sites in Newark or for assistance contact Elizabeth Reynoso, Food Policy Director for the City of Newark at (973) 733-4828 to assist you.
Welcome to our website. If you are a parent, caregiver, young person, community leader, educator, health care provider and any one who cares about the health of Newark’s youth, we hope that this website will be a resource for you. We update our events calendar with free activities that our Let’s Move! Newark council members host and sponsor so that you can take advantage of the nutritional and physical activity resources they offer. We hope to see you at our next event, program, or workshop.
Our Needs Assessment & Health Disparities Committee Chaired by Deborah Edwards, Asst. Director of Personal Health Services at The City of Newark Department of Child & Family Well-Being issued the Let’s Move! Newark 2010-2012 Progress Report earlier this year. Click here for a link to the entire report. Click Executive Summary to read the four-page summary.