Afterschool Nutrition Programs
How to get involved in afterschool nutrition programs
Guide to Running the Afterschool Meal (Supper) Program in the District of Columbia (pdf)
What’s inside: This guide is intended to help D.C. community-based afterschool programs participate in the Afterschool Meal Program by explaining program benefits, eligibility requirements and providing sample forms to adapt and use.
The Afterschool Snack Program section (pdf) of D.C. Hunger Solutions' Get the Facts: A Resource Guide for the Federal Nutrition Programs provides information on what programs are eligible to participate, how afterschool snack programs work, reimbursement and funding, and benefits.
Meals for Kids in Afterschool Programs — Snack and Supper section (pdf) of FRAC's How To Get Food in the District of Columbia: Food and Nutrition Resource Guide also provides information on what kinds of meals/snacks are served, and how to enroll in the program..
D.C. Afterschool Nutrition Program Participation Data
During the 2010–2011 school year:
- All eligible D.C. schools participated in the Afterschool Meal Program.
- An average of 9,240 students received afterschool meals on each day.
- The program brought in approximately $4.9 million in federal funds to support the school food service departments.
- Close to 250,000 snacks were served to children in school-sponsored afterschool programs in October 2007, a total quadrupled from 54,492 in October 2006.
- Nearly every afterschool program in the city is eligible for participation based on school meal data.
- In FY 2005 the number of children served afterschool snacks was 2,040; in FY 2006 the number of students served increased to 9,087.
Afterschool Nutrition Resources
Visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Web site section on the Afterschool Snacks and Suppers Program.
Visit the Food Research and Action Center's Afterschool Resource Center for advocacy information on afterschool snacks and suppers.