Bridging The Gap With Summer Meals

When the bell rings for summer recess, hundreds of thousands of New Jersey children lose access to regular healthy meals. For kids who receive free or reduced-price school meals and after-school dinners at our Kids Cafes, summer vacation can mean an end to knowing for sure when they will eat again.

A diagram of a lunch tray breaking down a balanced meal of fruit, protein, grains, vegetables, and dairy

In order to bridge the gap, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey is serving breakfast and lunch to thousands of children in need at sites across the state — including Boys & Girls Clubs, recreation centers and libraries — through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. With 59 sites and counting, the FoodBank expects to provide hundreds of thousands of meals this summer.

Our Director of Nutrition Lindsey Kennedy ensures the meals pack tons of nutrition.

“The FoodBank provides summer programs with a well-balanced breakfast and lunch. Our goal is not only to relieve the children from hunger during their 10-week summer break, but to also supply them with nutritious food, including whole grains and fresh fruit, so that they eat healthy and learn healthy-eating habits that will keep their bodies and minds strong. We hope this will help reduce medical costs families may face if their child is not getting the proper nutrients, such as anemia, asthma and oral health issues.”