There are 2.8 million Texas students that qualify to receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school. Unfortunately, these students often go without consistent meals after school and during the summer break. The Afterschool Meals Program and the Summer Meals Program are resources that provide access to free meals for children (18 and under).
THI has the knowledge and experience to help you successfully start a meal site or increase participation at an existing site. We also work closely with the state and federal agencies that administer the Afterschool and Summer Meals Programs to ensure they are run efficiently and with input from local organizations with day-to-day experience with the programs. Contact one of our Child Hunger Outreach Specialists to see how we can help your school.
During the summer children are at a higher risk of hunger. Summer meals programs, which include the Summer Food Services Program and the Seamless Summer Option/National School Lunch Program, ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites.
The Afterschool Meals program (also known as the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program or CACFP) is a federally funded nutrition program designed to meet the needs of children after school hours. The program allows for full meals to be served to children—providing nutritious meals that prevent kids from going hungry after school hours and helping families save on evening meals and afterschool program centers save on food costs.