Kansas kids deserve access to nutritious meals – and Child Nutrition Program sponsors are working to make it happen!
What are Child Nutrition Programs?
According to the USDA, "child nutrition programs help ensure that children are receiving nutritious meals and snacks that promote health and educational readiness." In Kansas, Child Nutrition Programs are administered by the Kansas State Department of Education. Across the state, school districts and other nonprofits–including churches, recreation departments, libraries, and more–are doing incredible work to increase access and participation in these programs.
By working with community partners, raising awareness around Child Nutrition Programs and their benefits, and providing technical assistance, Kansas Appleseed is helping to reduce childhood hunger in Kansas.
Community Eligibility Provision
High-poverty schools can offer free meals to all students with federal reimbursements based on proportions of low-income children in the school. Only 68 of 307 qualifying Kansas schools adopted CEP during the 2016-17 school year.
At-risk Afterschool Meals
At-risk Afterschool Meals are a component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This program provides funding for meals or snacks served during afterschool enrichment programs or activities in qualifying areas.
Thank you to the Kansas Health Foundation, Food Research and Action Center, MAZON, and the Tides Foundation for supporting this work.