Keeping Kids Healthy
We provide full meals and nutritious snacks to children at 22 after school sites across Tucson. Currently, close to 1,000 children in the Tucson area benefit each month from after school meals and snacks.
The After School Meals and Snacks program started as the "Kids Club: Adventures in Nutrition" over ten years ago. That program's purpose was to provide food and nutrition education lessons to the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department's after school program, KidCo. Local children at seven sites across the city were provided with a healthy snack, plus monthly hands-on nutrition lessons and food demonstrations, where kids were introduced to fresh fruits and vegetables and basic cooking skills.
Today, the Community Food Bank is a sponsor for the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which provides federal funding to supply meals and snacks for at-risk youth in high-need areas. The After School Meal Program provides complete, nutrition dinners to eight sites in Tucson. The After School Snack Program provides healthy, two-part snacks that meet USDA "My Plate" guidelines to 14 sites across Tucson, including Parks and Recreation centers, public libraries, and youth organizations.