Other Child Nutrition Programs

Federally funded child nutrition programs support the nutritional needs and well-being of children and teenagers in their homes, schools, and communities.

Unfortunately, these programs are greatly underutilized, leaving many children lacking a valuable nutrition source.

Hunger Solutions New York helps schools and organizations:

  • Assess their eligibility to participate in federally funded child nutrition programs
  • Understand program requirements
  • Connect with existing sponsors
  • Apply to participate

Summer Food Service Program provides free meals and snacks to children ages 18 and under when school meals and afterschool meals are not available. Meal sites, found in communities with a majority of low-income children at places where children gather when school is out, may serve breakfast, lunch, supper, a snack, or a combination of meals.

School Meals: The National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs are federally-funded meal programs for students in public schools, nonprofit private schools, and residential child-care institutions. The programs require schools to offer meals at free and reduced-price rates and to meet federal nutrition requirements. These programs play a critical role in reducing hunger, improving health and bolstering student success. Hunger is a fundamental obstacle to learning. Neither the best curriculum nor the most outstanding teachers can overcome the hurdle hunger poses. Hunger Solutions New York provides schools and community-based organizations with tools and resources to help nourish children while they are in school, including reports, county- and district-level statistics, outreach materials, and individualized assistance.

School Breakfast: Traditional school breakfast—served in the cafeteria before the school day begins—often has low participation due to factors ranging from tight schedules to concerns about stigma. Hunger Solutions New York helps schools serve breakfast during the school day via alternative breakfast models – like breakfast in the classroom and grab and go breakfast.  These models of breakfast service are the most effective means to increase participation and achieve the gains in academic success linked to school breakfast consumption.

School Lunch: The National School Lunch Program — the nation’s second largest food and nutrition assistance program behind SNAP — makes it possible for all school children in New York State to receive a nutritious lunch every school day.

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP): CEP allows schools with high concentrations of low-income children to provide breakfast and lunch free to all students, ensuring that they are well nourished and able to learn throughout the day. CEP benefits schools, students and families— CEP simplifies administrative processes; reduces labor costs; improves efficiency of the school meal programs; increases student participation by removing stigma.

SNAPThe largest child nutrition program in New York State, SNAP provides a nutritional safety net to children in low-income families. Monthly SNAP benefits are automatically deposited in participants’ accounts. Using a special debit card, participants can buy groceries at participating stores and farmers’ markets. SNAP benefits are available to those who meet eligibility and application requirements. Schools’ eligibility to adopt the Community Eligibility Provision is related, in part, to SNAP participation among students.

Our Nutrition Outreach and Education Program offers free, confidential services to connect families with SNAP and other nutrition assistance programs.

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