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