Institutions are reimbursed for serving nutritious after-school snacks or supper meal

Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) announced that schools offering an after-school program with educational or enrichment activities may be eligible to participate in the At-Risk Afterschool Meals component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This program reimburses institutions that serve nutritious after-school snacks and/or a supper meal to children up to 18 years old in a structured environment after-school.

“Schools can be an ideal place to host afterschool programs and serve meals,” said Sonja Adams, director of Provider Services for DECAL’s Nutrition Division. “They have the facilities, equipment, staff, and skills needed to prepare and serve food. With extracurricular activities already occurring at many schools, an after-school meal or snack is a natural fit.”

With one in six families struggling with hunger, many feel financially stretched providing
nutritious food for their children to eat after school. According to a survey administered by No Kid Hungry, a campaign that engages the public to make ending child hunger a national priority, a quarter of low-income parents worry that their children don’t have enough to eat between lunch at school and breakfast the following day. The CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program allows educational and enrichment programs to provide children with the nutrition they need to keep learning, growing, and playing after the final bell rings.

Institutions may qualify to participate in the At-Risk Afterschool component of the CACFP if at least half of the students at the school are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, or if the school is within the attendance boundary of a public school that meets the threshold.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil
rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program
information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

Information from GA DECAL. 

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