162 Hillsborough County Public Schools to Provide Free Snacks or Meals During Afterschool Programs
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
Tampa, Fla. – (August 7, 2018) – Students at 162 schools, including three additional schools this year, will be offered a free nutritious snack or meal if they are participating in afterschool educational programs. For the first time, Doby Elementary, Dawson Elementary and Mulrennan Middle School will qualify for the free Afterschool Meals Program, which is part of the federal Child Care and Adult Food Program, because more than 50% of the enrolled students at these schools are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
Snacks can include fruit, whole-grain muffins, vegetables, and yogurt with granola. Meals may include turkey and ham sandwiches on whole-grain rolls and tacos with ground turkey or beef.
The district’s Student Nutrition Services team continues to participate in the Afterschool Meals Program because of a committment to supporting every child's chance to learn. Schools that serve meals and snacks provide children not only with the nutrition they need to learn and grow, but also provides constructive activities that are safe and filled with opportunities for learning. It is just another example of how, as a district, we are climbing together to ensure student success.
The Child Care and Adult Food Program provides reimbursement for nutritious snacks and/or meals served to children. Funding for this program comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service.