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We serve more than lunch
It is natural to take stock at the end of the year. One of our most important achievements is the expansion of our supper program, which launched in 2016. We serve hearty meals in a safe, supervised place students can go rather than be home alone.
These balanced meals feature lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and limited added sugar to help kids develop a taste for healthy choices.
We introduced this federally funded program with three schools in 2016. Now seven schools participate: Butler, Meadowbrook, Wheeless Road, Hornsby, Glenn Hills Elementary, Terrace Manor, and National Hills.
Serving supper is part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) program, which aims to “grow a healthier future” by improving the mental and physical health of students and promoting academic success. The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service administers the program. Nationally, it ensures more than 4.2 million vulnerable children receive nutritious meals and snacks daily.
This year, we also began serving adults completing their high school education through the CRSA Parent University. In addition to classes and meals, the program also provides free childcare.
– Kelly Schlein