Afterschool meals help insure that every kid is eating three times a day.

The At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program (ARAM) provides nutritious meals and snacks in a safe, supervised location. For many kids, this is the only chance to get a healthy meal after the school day ends.

Afterschool meals are a part of the national Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which is administered in our state by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Both schools and community organizations can participate:

  • Currently, fewer than 20 of North Carolina's 115 public school districts serve as sponsors for the afterschool meals program. Almost every public school district in NC has at least one school that qualifies to be a part of the program. Luckily, participation in the program is growing among districts. Since No Kid Hungry NC started in 2011, the percentage of public school districts participating in the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program has increased from 3% to 16%.
  • Community partners can serve afterschool meals, too, adding even more towns, counties, and districts to the list of those taking advantage of this opportunity to feed more kids.

If you're interested in being a part of this growing program in NC, start here.

Afterschool Meals

The At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program (ARAM) is part of the Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). ARAM provides reimbursement for nutritious snacks and/or suppers served to children 18 and under who are participating in eligible afterschool programs located in eligible low-income areas. The NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) administers ARAM in North Carolina. Both school districts and community organizations can serve as sponsors and sites.