There are nearly 200,000 children and teens at risk of hunger in the Washington, DC metro area. Access to proper nutrition is critical for academic achievement, mental and physical health, and future economic prosperity. The Capital Area Food Bank operates multiple programs which provide food to children and their families, with a special focus on providing the nutritious food that allows children to grow and thrive.
Our Kids Cafe ® Afterschool Meals program provides free, healthy meals and snacks to over 2,000 children and teens daily at partner locations, including public recreation centers, residential community centers, and other organizations. Menus feature wholesome ingredients such as baked chicken drumsticks, fresh salad, and whole wheat bread. This program operates through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program.
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Looking To Participate?
To find food resources for children, teens, and families, please visit the Food Bank Network here
Looking To Become A Partner?
In order to be eligible to participate in this program, your site must:
- Have a safe place to serve children (ages 18 and under)
- Serve a minimum of 20 children at least 4 days a week
- Provide afterschool enrichment for children (ex: tutoring services, arts and crafts, recreation, science club)
- Have at least two adults available to lead meal service
- Be eligible under federal guidelines (We can help you determine this!)
- Have an internet connection, computer and/or tablet, a working refrigerator, and sinks to wash serving utensils.
- Meet local health and fire safety regulations
We are not currently accepting applications for Afterschool Meals sites. Please check back in July!