EO Recreation Food Services

E.O. Rec Child Care Food & Summer Food Programs      

The City of East Orange’s Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs Food Services are proud NJ State Sponsors in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
Summer Food Service Program logo

Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

East Orange Recreation CACFP is a USDA sponsored program, through the NJDA, geared to provide dinner and / or snacks to youth in at - risk programs, as well as, breakfast, lunch & snacks to day care centers. Our mission is to close the hunger gap for at-risk youth by providing nutritious healthy meals during the afterschool hours and to ensure accessibility of nutritious meals & “Commit To Health” materials to early childhood youth.

The following Afterschool enrichment programs currently serve free dinner (3:30pm) and snacks (5:30pm)


· Fellowship Civic Center                                               · Rec Smart Rowley Park

· Rec Smart Garvin School                                            · Rec Smart Houston School

· East Orange Library (Drop-In & Eat)                           · Hart Middle School

· Stem Academy                                                            · Rec Smart Carver School

· St. Joseph School                                                        · UCC Westside Park

· East Orange YMCA – Gordon Parks                           · Shining Star

· Newark Y Emergency  Shelter                                     · Rec Smart Fellowship Civic Center

· Campus High School                                                   · Eagles Development Center Afterschool

Site Participation

We are now accepting participation Applications Programs and Early Child Care Centers.

If your organization would like to become a participating site, you will need to supply the following



Afterschool Programs                                                 Early Child Care Centers

· Certificate of Occupancy                                             · NJ Child Care License

· Fire and Building Inspection Report                            · CACFP Eligibility Applications

· Health Sanitation Certificate                                        · Health Sanitation Certificate

Please call Ravi Boze-Adams, Program Director – EO Rec CACFP & SFSP, at 973-414-4141 x4147.

Helpful Website Links


USDA Website- East Orange Featured

New Jersey Food For Thought

New Jersey CACFP

NRPA “Commit To Health” Calendar


Summer Food Service Program  (SFSP)

"Food That's IN, When School is OUT"

In 2018 our SFSP served over 140,000 free meals to children in Summer Schools, Day Camps, community non-profit organizations, and local parks. In all, we have a community collaborative with 50 entities that are committed to establishing summer food locations throughout the city.with 42 entities that are committed to establishing summer food locations throughout the city.


This program, under the sponsorship of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services, provides all children up to 18 years of age with free meals to help fill the nutrition gap of the 70% of our children who are eligible to receive free or reduced meals during the school year. The menu and program operations are under the auspices of the State of New Jersey, Department of Agriculture, Division of Food & Nutrition. EO Summer Food Program Featured in NJ Hunger Free: Food For Thought Article 

How it Works

As a sponsor with SFSP, the City of East Orange receives a federal reimbursement to cover the administrative and operating costs of preparing and serving meals to the children. Increasing the number of nutritious meals served to low-income children during the summer months continues to be an important priority for the City of East Orange, the State of New Jersey and the USDA. The East Orange Summer Food Program is always seeking to add new sites and activities that will broaden community outreach and help draw children to our successful existing program. 
Two-Time USDA Summer Champion Award & Two-Time NRPA “Park Champion” Award Winning      East Orange Summer Food Program Hosts its Annual Kickoff Event in Rowley Park.  Read More