Department of Food Services
Your Child's Health
One hour to better health - Fifth-graders at School 15 got an energetic visit from New York Giants cornerback, Prince Amukamara. Mr. Amukamara came to Paterson as part of the Giant’s “Fuel Up to Play 60” initiative aimed at getting kids moving and eating healthy. While at School 15, the rising football star spent time doing numerous exercises with the students and spoke about nutrition and health. The program’s name alludes to the notion that all it takes is 60 minutes a day for kids to have a healthier lifestyle. The program is funded by the NFL in association with the National Dairy Council.
An extension of the CEP program is the district’s “Breakfast after the Bell” initiative which provides early morning nutrition after school has started, ensuring that the children begin their studies on a full stomach. Prior to Breakfast After the Bell, morning meals were typically provided around 7:45 AM, precluding many children who could not arrive at that early hour.
Early results are showing that the children who are receiving breakfast in the classroom are more attentive, and less inclined to focus on lunch hour, when they might have previously received their first meal of the day. Based upon demographics, our district’s entire student population qualifies for this new initiative. Promotional Flyer
Hunger-free means enhanced learning - Paterson Public Schools is among 32 New Jersey school districts now offering free breakfast and lunch to children under the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The two daily meals will now be provided regardless of an individual family’s income. The former procedure required families to go through a complicated, intensive application process in which verification of the families’ low income was the main provision for providing meals. Now, under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), entire schools can qualify based upon their high percentages of low income students.
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