Legislation on Child Nutrition
NJEA is proud to support the following package of bills aimed at improving child nutrition.
A-2641 (Space, Riley, Dancer, Wilson) establishes the “New Jersey Farm to School and School Garden Fund” and provides for a designation on the State gross income tax return that will permit taxpayers to make voluntary contributions to the fund to support farm to school and school gardens initiatives in the Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School program. This bill will provide the needed grants to communities to be able to implement the program.
A-2642 (Andrzejczak, Riley, Space, Dancer) allows for donations to help contribute to the New Jersey “Farm to School” program. The National Education Association, the NJEA’s national affiliate, is a supporter nationwide of the “Farm to School” program which is in all 50 States. Farm to School programs come in many shapes and sizes unique to the communities that build them. Farm to school programs improve the health of children and communities while supporting local and regional farmers. Allowing for the solicitation of private donations will help support these programs and build community involvement.
A-2644 (Dancer, Andrzejczak, Space, Wilson) directs the Department of Agriculture to establish a clearinghouse website for farmers to offer produce and dairy products for use by school breakfast and lunch programs as well as food banks. Making access to fresh, locally grown food is a great idea and a common sense approach to healthy eating.