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.