While many children who are at risk of food insecurity receive free or reduced-priced meals at school, they often go without healthy meals during out-of-school hours. Afterschool nutrition programs are one of the most effective strategies for reaching at-risk children with nutritious food, as meals are delivered to sites where children already congregate.
Children’s Hunger Alliance partners with more than 265 afterschool programs throughout Ohio. We partner with parks and recreation centers, local schools, churches and libraries to help provide nutritious meals to children who may not have dinner available at home.
Through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Children’s Hunger Alliance provides healthy meals and snacks to afterschool programs across the state. Afterschool program locations include schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, recreation centers, libraries, churches, and other youth-serving community organizations.
As a CACFP sponsor, our staff assumes the responsibilities of operating a meal program on behalf of sites that lack the resources to provide meals on their own.
Children’s Hunger Alliance:
- Recruits potential afterschool locations;
- Ensures delivery of nutritious meals and snacks;
- Provides training to location staff in record keeping and federal regulations; and
- Provides ongoing assistance to program locations.
With the support of Children’s Hunger Alliance, contracted food vendors provide daily deliveries of meals and snacks to afterschool programs. The nutrition guidelines we have established for vendor menus exceed USDA nutrition standards. As a result, participation in our programs have been shown to improve children’s nutritional intake, develop healthy eating habits, and improve school attendance and academic performance. In recent years, our agency has taken a leadership role in improving the nutritional quality and appeal of meals served, such as requiring a minimum number of fresh produce items be served weekly, restricting the amount of processed meat, and requiring vendors to provide a mostly hot supper menu.
Thank you to the many donors who support our afterschool programming, including Franklin County Children’s Services and the United Way of Cleveland.
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Hear from our partners at After-School All-Stars in the audio testimonial below.