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Bridging the Summer Meal Gap

With 1 in 5 children in New Jersey facing hunger, the summer months can be especially hard for kids who are used to getting breakfast and lunch at school. CFBNJ’s Southern Branch is stepping up to do something about it.  This year, the branch will be a sponsor of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program at seven locations in Bridgeton, helping to feed more than 300 children while school is out. Adding this program is in response to new findings from Advocates for Children of New Jersey.  ACNJ’s New Jersey Kids Count report ranks Cumberland County at the bottom of the state when it comes to childhood poverty and health outcomes. “We are delighted to expand this program for Bridgeton residents,” says Kimberly Arroyo, Director of Programs and Agency Relations for CFBNJ’s Southern Branch. “Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly was instrumental in bringing us to the table and offering aid through the process,” she added. In total, we expect to provide more than 14,000 nutritionally-balanced meals, helping to bridge the gap of the school breakfast and lunch programs while school is not in session during the summer.