Why Afterschool Meals/Snacks?

  • With lunch served as early as 10:30am in some schools, children need a snack or meal after school to maintain their active level of learning and play.

  • Combining food and afterschool activities can attract students to afterschool programs. Afterschool programming engages students in enriching, safe, and fun activities during the hours of 3-6 pm, which is the peak time for high-risk behavior for school-aged kids.

  • 1 in 7 children in Vermont live in households that are struggling to keep food on the table.  Programs that provide afterschool meals and snacks make it easier for parents to make ends meet, and may be a child's only chance to access nutritious food until the next school day.