After School Programs

Child Hunger & Nutrition Programs of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

After School SnacksCorporate photo. Young girl at Kids Cafe.

By 3 o’clock in the afternoon, children’s bellies are usually growling, but dinner may still be hours away, and for some children, there may not be any dinner at all. A healthy after-school snack is a perfect way to provide children with the nutrition and energy they need for the rest of the day.

How the After School Snack Program Runs

Currently, the After School Snack program partners with five Tucson Parks and Recreation sites through their KidCo and Inbetweeners Club programs—after-school recreation programs for children ages 5-14.  Throughout the school year, the Community Food Bank provides healthy, after-school snacks five days a week to each site through the USDA At Risk After School Child and Adult Care Food Program, administered state-wide by the Arizona Department of Education.

The program’s snack menu uses a four-week, rotational menu that meets ADE and USDA guidelines.

Facts about the After School Snack Program

  • Currently, there are 185 kids participating in the After School Snack Program at five Tucson Parks and Recreation sites.
  • The program runs 38 weeks during the school year as well as throughout most school breaks through the Parks and Rec “Schoolzout” program.

Contact

For more information about the after school snack program please contact Anne Krepps Child Nutrition Programs Manager, at (520) 882-3285 or akrepps@communityfoodbank.org.

 

After School Meals

In addition, the Community Food Bank has partnered with five Boys and Girls Clubs and one Tucson Parks and Recreation Center to provide full healthy meals to children who participate in their programs. Fresh meals are delivered to these sites every day around supper time and are served to the children free of charge by volunteers and program staff.

This meal program is new to the Community Food Bank and was made possible through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which provides federal funding to help supply meals to children in need. Expansion to these new sites reflects the Community Food Bank’s commitment to supporting the children most at risk of hunger in Tucson.

Facts about the After School Meal Program:

  • Current meal program sites are Roy Drachman Boys and Girls Club, Steve Daru Boys and Girls Club, Frank and Edith Morton Boys and Girls Club, Jim and Vicki Click Boys and Girls Club, Holmes Tuttle Boys and Girls Club, and Freedom Recreation Center.
  • Currently approximately 350 suppers per day are served each week day during the school year.

Contact

For more information about after school meals, please contact Anne Krepps, Child Nutrition Programs Manager, at (520) 882-3285 or akrepps@communityfoodbank.org.

Nutrition Education

Coupled with both the After School Snacks and After School Meals Programs, the Community Food Bank Child Nutrition Education Coordinator conducts monthly nutrition lessons and activities to all 11 Tucson Parks and Recreation Centers and Boys and Girls Clubs that participate in the programs.  This gives students an opportunity for experiential learning beyond the school day.  Students learn practical, tangible skills and information that they can apply directly to their lives.  The goal is to make these lessons fun in order to foster a positive attitude toward healthy food and healthy living.