After-School Meals Challenge Open
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program that supports child care and after school programs. In Minnesota, CACFP is significantly under-utilized. According to data from the Minnesota Departments of Human Services and Education there are 434 child care centers that are eligible to participate but are not yet enrolled in CACFP. In addition, 430 after-school youth program sites could expand meal offerings to include a supper meal.
We have identified three initial not-in-school-time opportunities to feed hungry children:
- Increase enrollment of licensed child care centers in CACFP
- Increase enrollment by youth programs in the CACFP At-Risk Meal Program
- Transition school sites currently offering snacks through the School Nutrition Program (SNP) to CACFP At-Risk suppers
Grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 will be awarded to Multi-Site Child Care Center Sponsors, Multi-Site After-School Program Sponsors, and potential sponsors to expand the number of children who receive nutritious meals through the CACFP program.
Grants will be evaluated based on these criteria:
- Approved CACFP sponsor
- Ability to become a CACFP sponsor
- Site located in area eligible location
- Number of children to be served
- Number of days of operation
- Ability to pilot new strategies to increase the number of CACFP At-Risk meals
- Child Nutrition Index Data
Questions regarding the RFP should be directed to email@example.com.