Meal Programs Beyond The K-12 School Day

During summers, weekends and holidays, many low-income students must rely on federally funded child nutrition programs that fill the gap left when they don’t have access to free and reduced-price school meals. These programs nourish kids of all ages so they are ready to learn during school time.

These programs support the nutritional needs and well-being of students in their homes, early childhood care settings, schools and communities. The meals provided are always free of charge. 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 all children ages 18 and under who might otherwise go hungry during summer, when school meals are not available. Meal sites, found throughout the state at places where children gather when school is out, may serve breakfast, lunch, supper, a snack, or a combination of meals.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) offers reimbursement to certain licensed or approved childcare centers and homes, afterschool programs and emergency shelters, to provide nutritious meals and snacks to children. For-profit centers that serve lower-income children may also be eligible. CACFP reimbursement rates target benefits to infants, children and teens who are most in need.

Afterschool Meals – CACFP’s afterschool snack/meals option provides funding for nutritious meals and snacks to qualifying enrichment programs located in the enrollment area of schools with a majority of low-income students. Meals and snacks may be served after the regular school day ends, on weekends and over school-year holidays.


SNAP – The 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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Hunger Solutions New York is a caring and informed voice for hungry New Yorkers. We believe no one should ever wonder where their next meal is coming from.