Many community providers come together to make sure that all children have access to healthy, nutritious meals in their homes and communities throughout each day, week and year. This network of stakeholders includes childcare providers, after-school programs and community centers, school administrators, food pantries and food banks, city officials, community and faith leaders, and more. Organizations can participate in federal child nutrition program such as the CACFP and/or SFSP , along with other federal nutrition programs and other strategies to make sure that children have access to healthy meals beyond traditional school hours.
With the 2021-2022 funding round, NJCNF is taking a place-based approach that will take a deeper dive into specific communities in New Jersey to strengthen partnerships, identify opportunities to fill gaps in child food access, and seed innovative collaborations. NJCNF will focus on supporting access to healthy meals for children within the following communities:
- Atlantic County: Atlantic City, Hamilton
- Bergen County: Entire County
- Ocean County: Toms River
- Salem County: Entire County
- Warren County: Phillipsburg
NJCNF will support child nutrition in each of these communities through:
Partnership and capacity building: The program’s place-based approach is implemented in partnership with Hunger Free New Jersey (HFNJ). HFNJ will coordinate meetings with key stakeholders to inform food access data collection, recruit new CACFP/SFSP program participants, expand existing programs and sites, and create sustainable partnerships and strategies to fill gaps. Organizations will be encouraged to share resources and best-practices and to develop comprehensive strategies to implement, collaborate, and cross-promote programs community-wide. Organizations can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected.
Food accessibility report: For each selected community, an analysis of food accessibility has been developed. Informed by local partners, the report aims to be a tool for local leaders and stakeholders to identify opportunities to improve availability of staple and perishable food and meal programs.
For more information, contact: NJCNF@reinvestment.com