After School Meals Program
Too many Baltimore families have trouble providing good food each day. To make sure young people are receiving nourishing meals each day, the Family League has participated as a sponsor in the At-Risk, After-School Snack Program for more than six years.
This program pays for snacks and suppers served at eligible out of school time programs throughout the city. In 2010, Maryland became one of 14 states to participate in the program.
Expanding the snack and supper program is one of the key strategies of the Maryland Partnership to End Childhood Hunger and supports the goal of Governor O’Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to end childhood hunger by 2015.
The Family League has aggressively expanded its work to become the largest provider of suppers in Maryland.
- The Family League serves more than 7,000 youth each day at over 170 program sites, including Family League-funded programs, Baltimore City recreation centers, and other community-based programs.
- More than 1 million meals will reach Baltimore’s children and youth each school year through this work.
- In all, the program brings more than $2.5 million in federal nutrition funding to Baltimore.
Requirements for Out of School Snack and Supper Program
- Located at a site where at least half of the children in the school attendance area are eligible for free and reduced meals;
- Offer educational or enrichment activities, after the regular school day ends, or on weekends, during times of the year when school is in session;
- Meet licensing, health, or safety codes that are required by Maryland and Baltimore City.
- Competitive sports teams are not eligible. However, afterschool care programs that include a sports activity as part of their enrichment program may be eligible.
- Only served to children under 18 years old
- Child must be enrolled in your afterschool program
Celebration of 1 Million Meals Served!
Family League President and CEO Kevin Keegan joined Maryland First Lady Katie O’Malley, Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards and Director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services Molly McGrath Tierney to help serve dinner to 300 Baltimore City schoolchildren, celebrating the fact that one million nutritious suppers will be served through the At-Risk Afterschool Supper Program.