Federal stimulus funding has helped pay for a cold food bar at a New Jersey elementary school — part of $100 million in funds administered through the 2009 School Food Service Equipment Assistance Grant program.

Stimulus pays for cold food bar at New Jersey school

Courtesy New Jersey Department of Agriculture

Douglas Fisher, New Jersey's agriculture secretary, and Barbara Martin, Special Nutritions Program deputy director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, sample foods at a new cold foods bar installed at Jotham W. Wakeman Elementary School in Jersey City, N.J.

New Jersey and federal officials visited schools the week of March 8 to celebrate National School Breakfast Week and to sample foods from the cold food bar, installed recently at Jotham W. Wakeman School in Jersey City.

New Jersey received $1.9 million in grants under the program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The Garden State’s secretary of agriculture, Douglas Fisher, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Special Nutrition Program’s deputy director, Barbara Martin, visited Wakeman and one other elementary school in Jersey City during the week, according to a New Jersey Department of Agriculture news release.

“School Breakfast Week reminds us that eating breakfast gives students the right start to help them excel in school,” Fisher said in the release.

School Breakfast Week, which has been celebrated since 1989, raises awareness for the School Breakfast Program, established in 1966 to provide children with a nutritious breakfast.