Pallone Highlights Importance of School Breakfast Programs
Long Branch, NJ- Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) attended the school breakfast program at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School to highlight the importance of school breakfast programs throughout New Jersey. The program provides federal assistance to states to operate nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential childcare institutions. Congressman Pallone has been a strong advocate for funding for school nutrition programs throughout his time in Congress.
"We must continue investing in our children and addressing hunger in schools," said Pallone. "Free and reduced-price breakfast make a difference in the lives of thousands of New Jersey children, but proposed cuts by the Trump administration would put programs like Asbury Park's in jeopardy. More must be done to get nutritious meals to students and that is a top priority of mine in Congress."
Pallone is a leading opponent of President Trump's FY18 Budget which called for more than $193 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over the next ten years ― a more than 25 percent cut. Pallone is a cosponsor of H.Res. 363 - which supports a federal, publically funded universal school meal and nutrition program. The resolution recognizes the importance of school nutrition programs and their ability to help end childhood hunger.
Congressman Pallone was joined at the event by Dr. Lamont Repollet, Asbury Park Superintendent; Ivy Brown, Head of Lunch/Breakfast Program & Assistant Business Administrator; Thea Jackson, Thurgood Marshall Principal; Tyria Joyner, Sodexo General Manager; Adele LaTourette, Director of the NJ Anti-Hunger Coalition; Nancy Parello, Comm/Project Manager, NJ Food for Thought at Advocates for Children of NJ; Doug Eagles, Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County; Carlos Rodriguez, Executive Director, Fulfill Food Bank.