Healthy Meals & Snacks for Low-Income Kids

After-school, summer nutrition and physical activity programs to improve children's health

From 2006 to 2009, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) in Washington, worked with state and local agencies, providers of after-school and summer programs and anti-hunger advocates to expand the number of low-income children receiving healthy meals and snacks in such programs. FRAC also worked to ensure that federal agencies funding child nutrition programs met the needs of local sponsors and providers of such programs.

From 2006 to 2009, the number of children participating in after-school snack programs grew by 16 percent nationwide, while the number participating in after-school supper programs rose by 28 percent. FRAC staff reported that their organization was the main catalyst for the gains, resulting from these activities.

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) adopted FRAC’s recommendations to simplify requirements for participation in the USDA’s after-school supper program. The changes included making administrative rules more practical for schools.