PATERSON, NJ – “Children simply cannot learn if they are hungry,” Paterson Schools Superintendent Eileen Shafer said, announcing that the District’s dinner program  was currently running at 10 schools. An eleventh school is expected to begin serving dinner on Friday, with the program expanding to additional schools as more after school programs begin later this year. 

“This program is aimed at helping our students become more food secure so that they can be at their best when they come to school,” Shafer added of the effort that, after being launched during the 2016-2017, school year fed 1,400 students at 23 schools in 2018-2019.

With the addition of Public School 10 on Friday a total of 956 students are expected to be served dinner there and at Public Schools No. 1, No. 5, No. 6, No. 15, No. 18, No. 24, No. 27, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Complex, the Young Men’s Leadership Academy, and Eastside High School.   

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“We are working to repeat the success of our dinner program this year,” David Buchholtz, food services director for Paterson Public Schools said, adding that he hopes to expand the program to churches and community centers. “It’s our way of supporting the education of Paterson students and hopefully bringing some peace of mind to their parents and guardians.” 

Parents and guardians of students at these schools seeking more information about the dinner program should contact the main office at their child’s school.