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This outreach effort includes a flyer titled, “Show your kids how much you love them – Apply for New Jersey’s Kid-Friendly Programs” that has been sent to the relevant stakeholders of each department, such as school districts, local government agencies and trade groups representing faith-based and social service organizations.
Children bring home book bags full of paperwork for parents to complete and return throughout the school year. The comprehensive, one-page flyer that describes each of the five available programs to raise awareness and program participation is available to all schools in English and Spanish for distribution to parents.
“Many families don’t realize that the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program provides supplemental nutritious foods to infants and children up to the age of five,” said DHSS Commissioner Mary O’Dowd. “And, every child needs their vaccines to attend school in
For children older than age five in eligible families, there is the New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP), which provides monthly electronic benefits on an ATM-like card for unprepared foods and grocery purchases. Children qualified for WIC and the Free or Reduced Lunch program likely meet the criteria for NJ SNAP.
“Eligible families need to fill out the application for free or reduced price meals so their children are included in the program and students whose families already qualify for NJ SNAP of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) will receive free meals,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. “Eating a healthy breakfast and lunch can improve students’ success in school.”
Copies of the flyer can be downloaded from the DHS website at: www.state.nj.us/humanservices/showyourkids.
Department of Health
P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360