Afterschool Meals | Washington, DC, Area | Capital Area Food Bank
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Many families in our region can’t afford to eat dinner every night. We’re helping make sure the children of those families still get the food they need.

Filling in the evening meal gap

To make sure kids who need one are getting an evening meal, the food bank participates in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program, allowing us to provide healthy, kid-friendly meals to locations throughout the region that host after school programs.  

At the public recreation centers, residential community centers, and other locations that we support, kids can receive a meal each weekday that includes wholesome ingredients like baked chicken, fresh salad, and whole wheat bread.

When kids receive the food they need to thrive, they’re positioned for better health, greater academic success, and a lifetime of better outcomes. 

Host an afterschool meals program

We’re always looking for more host sites to help us reach more children. The food bank typically reviews applications for new sites between mid-July to early August, but we also accept rolling applications throughout the year, which will be reviewed when there is additional capacity. 

To qualify as a host for after school meals, your site must: 

  • Have a safe place to serve children (ages 5 to 18) 
  • Serve a minimum of 10 children daily 
  • Provide after school enrichment/activities for children (ex: tutoring services, arts and crafts, recreation, science club) 
  • Have sufficient staff to serve meals, complete required records, and communicate regularly with CAFB staff   
  • 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 

Additional state-by-state requirements:

  • Current Fire Inspection; AND  
  • Occupancy Permit OR Health Inspection 


If you have any questions, or have a site that would be a great addition to our afterschool meals program, please contact Alexis Lahr: 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

Help Us Feed Kids After School

Kids need nutritious meals throughout the day to ensure they learn and grow. Through a simple donation, you can help make sure area kids don’t go without important meals during the school year. Every unrestricted dollar you donate will provide 2 meals that make a difference for children and families.