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After school Meals: Food, Friends and Fun
Frequently Asked Questions
What are afterschool meals programs? Afterschool meals programs are a federal child nutrition program funded by the USDA and designed to provide kids and teens ages 18 and under free, healthy meals when the school day ends.
What are the requirements for my child or teen to receive a meal? Do I have to fill out an application form? There is no application necessary to receive a meal and you do not have to show proof of income. Kids and teens ages 18 and younger can just show up at an afterschool meal site during the site’s hours of operation and participate in the educational or enrichment programming taking place at that time.
Is there a cost? No. All afterschool meals offered through the USDA’s programs are FREE to all kids and teens ages 18 and younger.
How do I find an Afterschool Meal site in my community? Afterschool meals sites are in the community at safe, supervised places like churches, schools and community centers. See contact information below.
What kind of food is served at these sites? The meals served are healthy and meet USDA guidelines. A typical lunch, for example, will include a turkey sandwich on wheat bread, milk, an apple and a salad.
Do afterschool meal sites offer activities? Yes! Afterschool meals sites offer fun learning and recreational activities in
a safe, supervised environment. Your child may choose to participate in these activities.
There is no site in my area. What can I do to be sure that one is available for the children in my area next summer? If there are no afterschool meals sites in your community, we can HELP. See contact information below.
What else can I do to help? You can share information about afterschool meals with your friends, neighbors and
Who funds free afterschool meals? Afterschool meals programs are funded by the USDA through the Child and Adult Food Care Program and are administered by the:
Special Nutrition Programs
P.O. Box 1437, Slot S-155
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437
(501) 682-8869 1-800-482-5850 ext. 28869 .
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