The afterschool meals program helps kids get the nutritious meals they need in a safe, supervised location after the school day ends. This program is the newest federal child nutrition program, so No Kid Hungry is working to ensure that more kids, families and teachers know about it and are able to take advantage of it.
Schools served 390 million afterschool meals and snacks to kids in 2015, making it the fastest-growing federal meals program.
SNAP & WIC
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides low-income families with money to purchase food. 20 million children in the United States rely on SNAP benefits.
SNAP is one of the most effective and efficient federal programs, as well as one of the most responsive, providing additional assistance to needy families during economic downturns and natural disasters. It’s also one of the most-needed: 45 million Americans rely on SNAP benefits to buy food each month, according to the USDA. Two-thirds of these benefits go to households with children.
In addition to SNAP, one of the most important and effective federal nutrition programs is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). WIC benefits are primarily for children under the age of five or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. WIC serves 53% of all infants born in the United States, according to the latest figures from the USDA.
7.7 million mothers and children relied on WIC benefits to buy food in 2016.
Through WIC, moms can get nutritious foods for their young children, as well as access to important services at WIC clinics, including nutrition education, counseling and referrals to local health and welfare agencies.