Afterschool Meals

The At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program, part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), helps kids get the nutritious meals they need in a safe, supervised location after the school day ends. The resources in this section will help you to increase the number of sponsors participating in the program and the number of kids eating afterschool meals.

Increase Access

The At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program ensures students in need get a healthy meal after the school day ends, but many schools and community-based organizations may not be aware of the program.  Use these resources to increase the number of schools and organizations participating in the Afterschool Meals Program.

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Raise Awareness

The Afterschool Meals Program is the newest of the 15 federal child nutrition programs, so awareness and participation in the program remain low. Use these tools to help spread the word about the Afterschool Meals Program in your community.

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Promote Legislation

Legislative or district-level policies can improve program efficiency and reach or provide funding for afterschool programs so more kids get a meal at the end of the day. Use these resources to explore legislative or policy options for your community.

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Streamline Processes

Administrative changes or waivers that streamline processes can make it easier to participate in the Afterschool Meals Program.  Use these tools to identify opportunities for changes in the administration of the Afterschool Meals Program in your community.

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