Join us for National Fight Childhood Hunger week and Wear Orange Wednesday!
This year Fight Childhood Hunger Week kicks off on April 16th, 2018, and we’re excited to share in this statewide initiative once again. FCHW is an event that is exclusive to Montana and will run from April 16th – 22nd, recognized with projects across the state designed to raise awareness and support local hunger-relief efforts.
Currently 22% of Montana's children are food insecure, meaning that they aren't sure where they're next meal will come from. In addition to hindering a child's ability to learn in school and dream about their future, hunger can also cause kids to develop poor habits and health issues that may affect success in adulthood.
On April 18th, 2018 Montana No Kid Hungry is looking forward to hosting our 4th Annual Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW) campaign alongside the Governor's Office and Youth Leadership Council. Orange represents child hunger awareness, and by wearing this color collectively on the same day we can bring awareness to the challenges that food insecure children in Montana face.
We would like every member of every community to participate in Wear Orange Wednesday! The event is an opportunity to be creative, and to show that Montanans stand united in the fight against childhood hunger. Hats, gloves, socks, shirts, nail polish, ties, shoes, suspenders – if you have it in orange, we want to see it!
Afterschool Meal Programs
Afterschool meals and snacks provide children with nutrition when they are at their hungriest - afterschool. Many kids rely on school meals; when children receive food afterschool, they can return to their homes with a full stomach and adequately prepare for the next school day. Watch this video to see a successful afterschool meal program in action! The Child and Adult Care Food Program Afterschool Meal Program (CACFP), housed under the Department of Public Health and Human Services in Montana, provides reimbursement for healthy meals and snacks served to children in centers that are located in a school district where at least 50% of children receiving free and reduced price school lunches. This program is not restricted to afterschool programs only. Traditional child care facilities may participate if they also have children who attend afterschool. The Afterschool Snack Program, under the National School Lunch Program, also provides reimbursement to schools and residential child care institutions (RCCIs) for snacks served to children participating in afterschool programs. Share Our Strength and APCO Insight conducted research to better understand families’ needs, awareness of, and interest in the Afterschool Meals Program. View their report here: Afterschool Meals Report.