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Healthy food is available free or at low-cost to school children in some areas. To find out if your school offers breakfast or lunch programs like this, contact your local school district and ask to speak with someone about nutrition programs that are available through the school.
When school lets out for the summer a child's need for food does not go away. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill this potential nutrition gap, ensuring children can get the nutritious meals they need to stay healthy and alert. This is free of charge and does not require any enrollment.
To find out more information about meal sites specifically for Trenton and Mercer County visit their flyer here.
The Passaic County Food Policy Council is promoting summer meal sites in Paterson that offer free breakfast, lunch, and dinner to all youth 18 and under. Please check out their flyer here.
Professionals Serving Child Populations: Learn how your agency can receive funding for the Summer Food Service Program.
To learn more about this program call the National Hunger Hotline at 866-3-HUNGRY (866-348-6479).