Afterschool Meals

“I had an opportunity to see for myself that children were going into the trash and eating behind children that didn’t finish… That taught me that these kids were really hungry, and there was a greater need than we were providing for.”

—Annette Dove, Executive Director, TOPP’s Inc., Pine Bluff, AR

Find an At Risk Afterschool Meals program near you.  

Kids Need More than Breakfast and Lunch

It’s a long time between school lunch one day and school breakfast the next. Afterschool meals programs help close the dinner-time gap by offering hungry children an afternoon snack or nutritious dinner along with a fun educational activity. Without this meal, many children who rely on school meals may go to bed hungry and arrive back in the classroom focused on their hunger instead of schoolwork. A nutritious evening meal also makes it less likely that kids will choose candy bars, potato chips and soft drinks as ways to quiet their growling stomachs.

Find an Afterschool Meals Program Near You
There are US Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorized Afterschool Meals Programs in almost every county in Arkansas. Use the Department of Human Services program locator tool to find an Afterschool Meals Program near you at

Select Facility Search by Zip Code for the At Risk Program.

Enter the number of miles from your home or school to find available programs.


Be an Afterschool Meals Program Sponsor
Afterschool enrichment programs can receive cash reimbursement from the USDA for snacks and meals under USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The program is available in locations where at least 50 percent of children are eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Reimbursement is currently set at $3.23 for an afterschool supper and $.88 for a snack. The program is administered in Arkansas by the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Anyone interested in becoming a USDA approved Afterschool Meals program sponsor or in adding feeding sites to their existing efforts should contact the Arkansas No Kid Hungry Out-of-School team at  or call 501-399-9999.

Grants: Improving The Odds of Success

Afterschool programs are critical in ensuring children get three healthy meals each day. As an added incentive to new or existing Afterschool Meals program sponsors, Share Our Strength, a national non-profit organization devoted to ending childhood hunger, and the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign are offering No Kid Hungry grants to authorized USDA Afterschool Meals Program sponsors to help build program capacity. The average amount granted is from $2,000 to $2,500. If you are an authorized Afterschool Program Sponsor and would like more information about No Kid Hungry grants, read through the information below and contact the Arkansas No Kid Hungry Out-of-School team at or call 501-399-9999.

Afterschool Meals Program Grants


This grant opportunity is funded through No Kid Hungry to help At-Risk Afterschool Meal sponsors expand participation in afterschool meals and extended day meal programs that receive reimbursement through the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Our overall goal is to help ensure all children get the nutritious meals they need each day. Our priority is to help sponsors maximize their ability to provide students in eligible afterschool programs with a full supper meal using the USDA’s At-Risk Afterschool Meals program, which provides reimbursement for each supper meal and afterschool snack served in eligible afterschool enrichment programs. If you wish to find more information regarding CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meals, please visit


Applicant Eligibility:

  • All applying organizations must be either 501(c)(3) nonprofits currently in good standing, schools/school systems, local government agencies able to accept grants, or churches/tax-exempt religious organizations not required to apply for official 501(c)(3) status.


  • Approved to provide CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meals for the upcoming school year. You must have already started the CACFP application process with your state agency at the time you submit your grant application. We will accept grant applications from organizations that have started the process and/or are awaiting approval from your state agency; however grants will only be awarded to organizations that are approved as program sponsors.


Program Eligibility:

The supper program must be:

  • Located in an eligible site or area, and
  • Served in conjunction with an eligible afterschool enrichment program.


Within the scope of the purpose above, the following programs are top priorities for support:

  • Starting new CACFP supper programs
  • CACFP or National School Lunch Program (NSLP) sponsors providing a full meal in place of -or in addition to- a snack
  • CACFP sponsors looking to expand their program and reach more kids


Eligible Uses of Grant Funds:

Funding may be used to help with costs associated with starting or growing a supper program, including, but not limited to:

  • Staffing
  • Equipment
  • Enrichment program costs (per USDA guidelines, programs that wish to provide a full supper must provide some kind of enrichment programming)
  • Outreach materials
  • Support to offset registration fees for low-income families
  • Transportation


Application Requirements:

Before starting the application, please plan to have the following information available:

  • Historic supper and snack sites, and total meals, if you are a returning sponsor. Projected sites and meals for both new and returning sponsors.
  • Reporting contact information
  • Key strategies you have taken/plan to take to implement your program and anticipated challenges
  • Detailed budget outline of grant request


Grant applications will be evaluated based on:

  • Adherence to Eligibility and Requirements guidelines
  • Program sustainability beyond the grant funding period
  • Growth potential for CACFP afterschool meals and snack program participation.


Average Amount Granted: $2,000-$2,500


Application Due Date:

  • The online application period is now open and will remain open through March 6, 2019.


Application Access:

To apply for a No Kid Hungry grant, please follow the below directions:

  1. Login to the No Kid Hungry Grants Portal here.
  2. If you have an account but have trouble logging in, please reset your password here or email our help desk at
  3. To begin your application after you have created an account or logged in, click here.
  4. Complete the application and click “save and next” before hitting “submit”
  5. If you are submitting multiple applications, you will need to click the link in step three again to access the application.


Reporting Requirements:

If funded, you will be required to complete a report on the following:

  • Quarterly participation numbers
  • Final financial report on use of funds
  • Final report narrative report on the successes and challenges of your program over the course of the year

Additional Resources:


Have Questions?

If you have any questions about the application or breakfast after the bell implementation, please contact SiKia Brown at or technical support, please send an email with a description of the issue you are facing to