Afterschool meals help insure that every kid is eating three times a day.
The At-Risk Afterschool Meals program 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 Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which is a federal program administered by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Less than 2 percent of the NC students eligible for free and reduced-price meals are currently receiving free meals after the school day ends. 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.