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New Jersey schools offering more breakfasts to low-income students

Hunterdon last on list of state counties, feeding only 11% of low-income children

Schools in New Jersey are feeding breakfasts to more low-income students, but as many as 320,000 who are eligible are still not being served.

Advocates for Children of New Jersey released a participation report on Tuesday.

The group found the number of New Jersey students eating breakfast in school rose from about 136,000 in October 2010 to nearly 184,000 in April 2013. The group said the increase is largely the result of more districts serving breakfasts during the first few minutes of the day instead of before school.

"School breakfast addresses a major barrier to learning," said Cecilia Zalkind, executive director of Advocates for Children of New Jersey. "School districts should be commended for stepping up to meet the school breakfast challenge. Unfortunately, there is much work to do."

Cumberland County ranked first, feeding 57 percent of eligible children. Hunterdon County was last, serving just 11 percent of the county's low-income children.

The group said schools are missing out in federal aid by not feeding eligible children.

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