School may be out for the summer, but children in New Brunswick continue to have nutritious meals each day through the City’s 2014 Summer Food Service Program.
New Brunswick will receive a $150,000 grant from the NJ Dept. of Agriculture this summer to provide daily breakfasts and lunches to thousands of New Brunswick children enrolled in a number of summer camp and academic programs.
Approximately 2,000 children are enrolled in the City of New Brunswick’s PLAY S.A.F.E. summer program, a comprehensive summer day camp that offers activities, sports, day trips and academic preparation. It is open to children between the ages of 6-12 and is completely free. As part of that program, all participants receive a daily lunch.
In addition to PLAY S.A.F.E., the Summer Food Service Program also provides meals for children enrolled in summer programs hosted by Youth Empowerment Services, Catholic Charities, AMAR, the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick, Faith Hope Baptist Church, New Brunswick Recreation, Greater Brunswick Charter School, the New Brunswick Salvation Army Corps. and New Brunswick High School.
For the first time, the program is also providing daily breakfast to all students in the New Brunswick School District’s summer school program. Those students also receive lunches.
A total of 15,000 children in New Brunswick receive daily breakfast, lunch or both through the Summer Food Service Program. All meals adhere to the National School Lunch Program standards for healthy eating, and include fresh fruit, whole grains, protein, vegetables and low-fat dairy. Meals are also available for children with dietary restrictions.
“For many children in New Brunswick, the meals they receive at school are a crucial part of their daily diet,” said Mayor Jim Cahill. “The Summer Food Service Program ensures that they stay adequately nourished while spending their summer learning and playing in New Brunswick’s many programs.”