Some 1.15 million New Jersey residents, including 375,000 kids, are food insecure. Those children often rely on school breakfast and lunch programs to get their needed nutrition.
But what happens during the summer, when school is out? The answer, for too many kids, is that they go hungry — despite the fact that many educational enrichment programs are available to feed their curiosity and help them hone their academic skills.
Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden, Burlington) is sponsoring two bills that address this situation:
A-4906 requires public and nonpublic schools to notify students and parents of the availability and location of summer meal programs;
A-4908 directs the Department of Education to establish online applications for the National School Lunch Program and school breakfast programs.
“Breakfast and summer meal programs are essential components today to education,” said Lampitt. “The greater the participation in these meal programs, the closer we are to ensuring that no child will go hungry in New Jersey.”
The bills were released by the Assembly Women and Children Committee, which Lampitt chairs.