Child and Adult Care Food Program (Afterschool Meals)
What is the Child and Adult Care Food Program?
Afterschool meals and snacks provide a nutritional boost to children, up to age 18, in eligible afterschool meal programs in lower income areas of the county. These programs pull children into constructive activities that are safe, fun and filled with opportunities to learn. The meal and/or snack feeds their bodies for activity and fuels their minds for academic success.
How does the Child and Adult Care Food Program operate?
School or Community Partners contact Food & Nutrition Services to request the program. Specific information is collected and verified. Once approved, sites require no application forms from parents or guardians to complete. All afterschool meals and snacks are served in group settings, at no cost to the child. This program is ideal for programs that include supervised athletic activities, such as Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA. Children who are part of school teams and clubs can also receive these meals as a part of a broad, overarching educational or enrichment program offered at the school.
What schools and community partners offer Afterschool Meals?
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides Federal Reimbursement for meals and snacks served in afterschool program that meet the following criteria:
- Are located at sites where at least half of the children in the school attendance area are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals
- Offer educational or enrichment activities, after the regular school day ends or on weekend and holidays, during times of the year when school is in session
- Meet licensing, health, and safety codes that are required by state and local officials
- Serve healthy meals and snacks that meet USDA’s nutrition standards, including healthy foods like lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and milk
List schools and Community Partners who participate:
How many Afterschool Meals are served in Anne Arundel County Public Schools?
SY 2015 – 2016 – 192,401 meals
SY 2014 – 2015 – 134,117 meals
SY 2013 – 2014 – 99,086 meals
SY 2013 – 2014 – 63,769 meals