Some kids can’t count on having a healthy meal waiting for them when they get home from school. Our After School Meals program provides healthy meals to at-risk children and youth aged 5 to 18 after the regular school day ends.
In 2021, we distributed over 88,461 meals to 1,141 children through our after-school meal program.
Our After School Meals Program, also known as the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is the nation’s largest charitable meal service program exclusively for under-served at-risk children, founded by Feeding America in 1993.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program that fills the nutrition gap when other federal meal programs are not operating. It ensures children receive nutritious meals after school: at schools, community and recreation centers, YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs, and other sites.
- Meals consist of a main entree, low-fat milk, fruit, and a vegetable.
- Meals are distributed Monday through Friday during a designated time.
- The Food Bank provides training and necessary tools.
Who can apply?
- 501(c)3 or non-profit agency
- Minimum 40 children and teens (under 18) served per day
- Operate in a low-income area
- At least 50% of participating children at a site must be eligible for free/reduced price meals
- Provide sufficient staff/volunteers who have recently passed a national background check
- Offer services in a safe location for children to congregate
- Obtain at least 1 CA Food Handler Certificate — ($7-$15)
- Attend one after-school meal training
For more information, or to apply, please contact us.