After School Resources
The At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program
The At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program provides federal reimbursement dollars to programs that provide supper meals to children after school hours and contain an educational enrichment component. Providing suppers for children has become more important as a greater number of children are spending long hours in afterschool programs while their parents are working. In some cases, the food a child receives at an afterschool program might be their only meal until the next school day.
Eligible afterschool programs include:
- those operated by a school, public agency, private nonprofit organizations (ie, Boys and Girls Club or a community action agency), and certain qualifying for profit agencies;
- program centers in areas served by a public school where at least 50 percent of the enrolled children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals;
- programs must offer educational or enrichment activities (ie, tutoring, arts and crafts, life skills, etc).
If your child is involved in an afterschool program, talk with the program director about the USDA Afterschool Meal Program. The Afterschool Meals Program was recently revised to allow supper to be served (previously only snacks were allowed), so talk to your child’s program director to make sure they know they can serve supper at no extra cost to their participants. Share Our Strength can help determine whether or not the program qualifies. For more information, please contact us.
Free healthy meals are available for afterschool programs. Click here to learn more about receiving afterschool meals for you afterschool program.
School Meal Program
Louisiana children have access to breakfast and lunch every day at school through two USDA-funded programs, the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program. Children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals based on their family's income and can apply at any time during the year. To view the income eligibility guidelines for the 2015-2016 school year, click here. Contact the front office or the nutrition department at your child's school to get a meal benefit application for free and reduced priced meals. You can also get information on what time breakfast is served. If your child cannot arrive at school early to eat breakfast, encourage the school to adopt an alternative breakfast delivery model such as breakfast-in-the-classroom that will ensure your child gets a nutritious, balanced meal at the beginning of their first class. For more information, please call your local school system. If you would like to learn more about how your child’s school can adopt breakfast-in-the-classroom, please contact us.