The At-Risk After-School Meals Program helps students get the nutritious meals they need in a safe, supervised setting. For many kids, this is their only opportunity to access a healthy meal after the school day ends.
Under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides reimbursements for snacks and meals served at after-school programs offering enrichment or education activities and that are located in the attendance area of a school where at least 50 percent of children are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.
Many after-school programs already feed students using money from their own budgets, but by participating in the At-Risk After-School Meals Program, organizations can use the money saved for additional programming, staff and outreach or to provide healthier meals to students. Additionally, evidence suggests that by providing meals, programs realize an increase in attendance and improvements in student behavior.
Many sponsors operate as independent centers and serve meals out of their own facilities, while other larger sponsoring organizations operate multiple sites at multiple locations. If you are an after-school program looking to partner with an existing sponsor in your area to host a meals site, or to sponsor your own program, contact the Illinois State Board of Education at 217.782.2491 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you’re a parent interested in finding a meals site or an after-school program looking to serve meals through the At-Risk program, check out the Capacity Builder Tool below to help you get started. Contact the site or sponsor directly to inquire about program operating days and times.
Parents and community members – don’t see a program in your area? Take Action and request after-school meals in your neighborhood.
*Data source: Illinois State Board of Education
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Page
- Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
- Child and Adult Care Food Program Page
- No Kid Hungry (NKH)
- After-School Page
- Food Research Action Center (FRAC)
- After-School Nutrition Program Page
- FRAC 2018 After-School Nutrition Report
- FRAC Plan for Success: After-School Meal
- FRAC Reimbursement Rates and Income Guidelines for the Federal Child Nutrition Programs
- NKH Umbrella Model
- Year Round Meals Brochure
- CACFP Forms and Documents
- At-Risk After-School Editable Promotional Site Flyer
- At-Risk After-School Editable Sponsor Outreach Flyer