CCJ joins the fight against child hunger in Michigan

CCJ can provide assistance, outreach, and education regarding child nutrition programs to school districts and community advocates throughout our service area.  CCJ's anti-hunger efforts are focused on USDA nutrition programs such as the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Summer Food Service, and Afterschool Meal Programs.   

Recent nutrition updates from CCJ: 

When the school day ends, many Michigan children go home to empty cupboards. The CACFP Afterschool Meal Program can help fill this nutrition gap by providing federal funding to afterschool programs that operate in low-income areas to serve nutritious meals and snacks to children 18 and under after school, on weekends, and during school holidays. To learn more about serving free suppers and snacks afterschool in your community, watch CCJ's webinar Expanding Afterschool Meals in Michigan, webinar slides can be found here.

Nearly one in six children in Michigan rely upon support from nutrition programs in order to avoid going hungry—and that need doesn't disappear when school lets out.  Currently, for every 100 students who receive free and reduced-priced lunches in Michigan schools each day, fewer than four are reached with afterschool meals.  For more information about the Afterschool Meal Program, take a look at our 2019 Afterschool Supper Report or our  Afterschool Meal Programs Flyer

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), is a powerful tool for schools and local educational agencies located in low-income areas to offer free meals to all of their students while eliminating the traditional school meal application process.  It is intended to assist these organizations in providing free meals to their current student populations via federal child nutrition programs while cutting down on administrative effort and cost.  You can find out more about CEP by reading our mini-report Community Eligibility Provision: A Snapshot of Participation and our Community Eligibility Provision Brochure.

The School Breakfast Program (SBP) makes it possible for all school children in Michigan to receive a nutritious breakfast every school day. Yet, many Michigan students are not participating in the School Breakfast Program. Implement best practices to ensure all students at your school, have access to a nutritious morning meal.  For more information check out our, School Breakfast Program Flyer and our School Breakfast Fact Sheet: Charter Schools.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free meals and snacks to low-income children 18 and under when school is not in session. When school lets out, millions of low-income children lose access to school breakfast, lunch, and afterschool meals that are available during the regular school year. SFSP fills this gap by providing free meals and snacks to children who might otherwise go hungry. For more information, check out our new Summer Meals Toolkit and our Summer Meal Program Flyer

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Winter 2021 Nutrition Newsletter

Fall 2020 Nutrition Newsletter

Summer 2020 Nutrition Newsletter

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