This week Erin Roll reported that over 1,000 Montclair children are eligible for free and reduced-price breakfast served at their schools, but only about 13 percent of eligible students actually take advantage of it. Furthermore, the district has seen a 50 percent drop in participation since 2017.
Some schools, such as one in Bloomfield, have started a “breakfast after the bell” program where all students are offered free breakfasts after the start of school. Bus and family schedules and the stigma of coming to school early to eat keep many children away from the before-school breakfast table, according to Hunger Free New Jersey officials.
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