Implement Best Practices
No Kid Hungry knows how to connect children at risk of hunger with nutritious food where they live, learn and play. Use these effective strategies and tools to ensure more kids have breakfast in the morning and get the meals they need when school is out, and their families have the resources and skills to prepare healthy meals where they live.
The School Breakfast Program ensures that kids get the nutrition they need to learn and succeed in school. The most effective way for students to get a healthy breakfast is to make it part of the school day. These tools will help you identify schools to target and will equip you with the necessary resources to successfully persuade and support schools to switch their school breakfast service model.
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.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) are critical yet underutilized child nutrition programs. Only about 15 percent of kids who eat free or reduced-price school meals also receive these meals during the summer. These resources will help you to effectively address summer hunger in your community.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the most powerful and effective anti-hunger program for kids. It improves families’ access to nutritious food at home by providing resources to purchase food. Use the tools in this section to help expand access to the program.
Food Skills Education
Teaching low-income families to plan, shop for and cook healthy meals, otherwise known as food skills education, is a powerful component to the No Kid Hungry approach. Families that participate in effective food skills education programs are able to stretch their food resources further and develop healthier eating habits. This section will walk you through how to offer, promote and advocate for food skills education in your community.