Afterschool programs keep young people safe, help working families, and engage children in learning—but they also can nourish young people during the hours when school's out. Afterschool meals are an effective way to reduce childhood hunger and promote a healthy childhood weight. In 2012, 16 million children (22 percent) under the age of 18 lived in poverty and were exposed to hunger.
Be an Afterschool Meal Champion and help ensure that children in need have access to a nutritious meal during the afterschool hours.
Did you know?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers three different nutrition assistance programs that can help afterschool and summer
learning providers offer nutritious meals or snacks to participating children:
Afterschool and Summer Meals Resources
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