A growing number of children are receiving summer meals, bringing millions more federal dollars to New Jersey communities to feed hungry children, according to a new report by Hunger Free New Jersey.
New Jersey communities served summer meals to more than 103,000 children on an average day in July 2018 -- – a 38 percent increase since 2015, according to the report, Food for Thought: The State of Summer Meals in New Jersey. Federal meal reimbursements rose to $12.7 million – a 71 percent increase since 2015.
This report release kicks off a statewide campaign to raise awareness of the availability of summer meals so parents and other caregivers know how to find them. We invite to join our efforts to spread the word!