Summer Meals in Full Swing in Clifton
Hunger Free New Jersey has been building partnerships in Clifton to expand access to child nutrition programs for the over 10,000 children in the district, about 56% of whom are eligible for free and reduced price schools meals. According to the NJ Department of Agriculture, last summer approximately 93% of those children did not participate in the summer food program.
To reach more children with this critical nutrition program, Hunger Free NJ worked with our partners to develop and promote four new summer food sites in Clifton this year.
The Clifton school district piloted open sites at three schools: #12, #17 and the high school. As open sites, no enrollment is required and any child who needs and wants a free breakfast and/or lunch can get one five days a week, no questions asked. Hunger Free New Jersey worked with the school district to get the word out about the open meal sites and provided flyers to a network of community partners to distribute, including St. Peter’s Haven food pantry, Clifton Park and Recreation, Clifton Health Department, the Boys and Girls Club and the public library.
The Palestinian American Community Center (PACC) in Clifton also became a new summer food site this year, providing a nutritious lunch daily to over 50 children enrolled in their summer enrichment programs. Next summer, PACC’s Director Rania Mustafa is planning to host an open site for any child in the community who needs a meal.
The photos above feature children enrolled in PACC’s program enjoying a free, healthy lunch provided through the Summer Food Service Program.
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The mission of Hunger Free New Jersey (formerly New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition) is to end hunger in NJ through education, advocacy and activism. Hunger Free New Jersey educates the public and decision-makers about hunger and mobilizes diverse organizations to combat hunger by improving access to nutrition programs.