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

Many children who rely on free or reduced cost school breakfasts and lunches may not have dinner waiting at home. To make sure these kids are getting an evening meal, we participate in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program, providing healthy, kid-friendly meals to public recreation centers, residential community centers, and other locations hosting afterschool programs in DC and throughout the region. When kids receive the food they need to thrive, they’re positioned for better health, greater academic success, and a lifetime of better outcomes.

Find afterschool meals near you

We provide afterschool meals and snacks to kids throughout our region. Menus feature wholesome ingredients like baked chicken, fresh salad, and whole wheat bread. To find an afterschool meal location near you:

Visit our Get Help Page

Host an afterschool meals program

If you have a site you believe is appropriate for our afterschool meals program, please contact Alexis Lahr:

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

  1. Have a safe place to serve children (ages 18 and under)
  2. Serve a minimum of 20 children at least four days a week
  3. Provide afterschool enrichment for children (ex: tutoring services, arts and crafts, recreation, science club)
  4. Have at least two adults available to lead meal service
  5. Be eligible under federal guidelines (we can help you determine this)
  6. Have an internet connection, computer and/or tablet, a working refrigerator, and sinks to wash serving utensils.
  7. Meet local health and fire safety regulations

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

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 2.5 meals that make a difference for children and families.