Every single eligible D.C. public school participates in the afterschool supper program. Additionally, many public charter schools and community-based organizations also participate in the program, ensuring that thousands of District children have access to free, afterschool meals. But, many more afterschool programs and the families they serve can still benefit from this program.

Just like for afterschool snack reimbursement, afterschool programs must include educational or enrichment programming and be located in communities where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free or reduced price meals to be eligible for Afterschool Meal Program reimbursement.

Afterschool meals can be served to children in programs operating after school, on weekends, and during school holidays. The meals can be served at anytime during the program.

Depending on the length of the afterschool program, sites may be able to provide both a snack and a meal.

Check out Moving from Afterschool Snack to Meal: It’s easier than it looks. You can also read about successful afterschool meal programs on the Food Research and Action Center’s website.