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.
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 email@example.com
Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti joined No Kid Hungry, Illinois at Nancy Hill Elementary School in West Aurora for a peer-to-peer site visit. Four school districts interested in implementing a Breakfast After the Bell program attended to see how the program works. Attendees observed Nancy Hill’s Breakfast in the Classroom for its kindergarten through first grade and Grab ‘N’ Go to the Classroom for its second through fifth grade followed by a Q&A with school officials. Nancy Hill implemented Breakfast After the Bell in 2015. Before Breakfast After the Bell about 150 students ate breakfast. After implementing Grab ‘N’ Go to the Classroom nearly 500 Nancy Hill students eat breakfast daily.
“Students are more awake and alert after breakfast. While students are eating it’s a good time for us teachers to conduct our morning routine activities,” said Kristina Donash, Kindergarten Teacher.
The 2017-18 school year ushered in the full implementation of the Breakfast After the Bell law. Schools with 70% or more of the student population eligible for free or reduced-price meals are required to offer Breakfast After the Bell-serving breakfast as part of the school day.
To learn more about child nutrition programs in Illinois: Breakfast After the Bell, At-Risk After-school, and Summer Meal Programs read
Fueling Students Today 4 Tomorrow, 2018 Illinois Child Nutrition Report.
riseandshineillinois.org to read more about how Nancy Hill implemented their Breakfast After the Bell program.
The Emergency Food System (EFS) Working Group through their partnership with the Illinois Specialty Growers Association facilitated a donation of fresh produce which included watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet corn, peaches, and tomatoes leftover from the Illinois State Fair to a local food bank.
The EFS Working Group's mission is to explore and support public and private practices and partnerships that enhance and advance food security.
To learn more about the EFS Working Group visit their page.