Florida's Afterschool Nutrition Program (09-2011)
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This presentation explains the basics of the Afterschool Nutrition Program, a federal child nutrition program that provides reimbursements to organizations (including school districts) that provide ...

This presentation explains the basics of the Afterschool Nutrition Program, a federal child nutrition program that provides reimbursements to organizations (including school districts) that provide meals and snacks to afterschool programs in areas of need.

The Florida Partnership to End Childhood Hunger is working with the Department of Health to help inform potential providers about the availability of the program.

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  • We will discuss ways afterschool programs can get federal funding to help with the cost of providing meals and snacks to their participants
  • The Florida Partnership to End Childhood Hunger serves as an anchor around which local organizations across the state commit to working strategically and in concert to end childhood hunger in Florida. The Partnership’s strategies leverage more of the federal food and nutrition dollars intended for but not reaching Florida's low-income families. The goal of the partnership is to increase participation in and access to the federal nutrition programs and EITC to eligible children and families in order to end childhood hunger in Florida (many programs underutilized either because people don’t know about them or access is limited) One child nutrition program that is meant to meet the need is the Afterschool Nutrition Program (Point 6 or our 10-Point Plan). Afterschool Nutrition Program Strategies - SUCCESS!: Worked with congressional delegates to pass nationwide expansion of afterschool suppers to school-age children up to age 18. - Conduct a targeted education campaign for afterschool providers and their funders about the availability of federal funds for snacks and meals. - Provide technical assistance to secure sponsors and new sites in underserved areas, to work through state and local program requirements, and to navigate through federal paperwork. - Highlight and encourage best practices to improve the nutritional quality and appeal of the snacks and meals provided at afterschool programs.
  • The Florida Impact, the Partnership network and colleagues all across the country worked to bring this program to our state. We saw the fruit of that advocacy with the inclusion of nationwide supper expansion in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization in December of 2010! Child Nutrition Reauth. also included: Enhancements to the nutritional quality of food served in school-based and preschool settings—including more whole grain, low-fat/sugar/salt, and fresh fruits & veggies; and Making “competitive foods” offered or sold in schools more nutritious (vending machines and a la carte lines). Grants to establish or improve school breakfast programs (like Breakfast in the Classroom) Increased reimbursement for school food programs that meet the new nutrition standards for their school breakfast & lunch. … and many other exciting improvements. Check out FRAC’s website WWW.FRAC.ORG for more information.
  • A long time passes between lunch and suppertime, leaving many children hungry when they arrive at or participate in afterschool programs. Hungry children cannot benefit as fully from the activities a quality afterschool program offers. The Child Care Food Program (CCFP) provides funds to private non-profit and public organizations (including schools) to serve nutritious snacks and meals as part of afterschool programs and help bridge this gap for children. Afterschool meals help children receive the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow and the snacks help attract children to participate in supervised activities that are safe, fun and filled with learning opportunities. Suppers are increasingly important because more and more children are spending long hours in afterschool programs while their parents are working, and frequently working nontraditional hours. The children then require more food than the snack provides to sustain them through the afternoon and early evening.
  • Within our state, the Afterschool Nutrition Program is operated by the Department of Health, Bureau of Child Nutrition Programs. Sidenote: DOH Bureau of Child Nutrition Programs also operates the Child Care Food Program and Homeless Children Nutrition Programs. If you happen to want more information about those programs, you can contact the Dept. of Health.
  • Suppers are increasingly important because more and more children are spending long hours in afterschool programs while their parents are working, and frequently working nontraditional hours.
  • “ Eligible Sites” are those located in school zones where 50% or more of the students qualify for free & reduced-price school meals (EXPLAINED IN MORE DETAIL IN LATER SLIDE)
  • Sites have to be located in school zone where 50% or more of the children qualify for Free & Reduced-Price school meals. Any school the site is zoned in can be used to qualify the site (elementary, middle, or high). If a potential school site itself does not meet the 50% mark, the other schools it’s “zoned” for can be used to qualify it (see row 2).
  • Sites have to be located in school zone where 50% or more of the children qualify for Free & Reduced-Price school meals. Any school the site is zoned in can be used to qualify the site (elementary, middle, or high). If a potential school site itself does not meet the 50% mark, the other schools it’s “zoned” for can be used to qualify it (see row 2). HERE, SOUTHEAST MIDDLE MIGHT BE ABLE TO OFFER SNACKS AT THE FREE, REDUCED, AND PAID RATE TO STUDENTS THROUGH THEIR NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM (NSLP).
  • Any time after the school day of the children being served. Meal service must end by 8:00 PM Sites that would like to provide meals outside of the school year (i.e. summer) can utilize the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
  • If a sponsor finds new caterer that is not on the registered caterer list, the caterer has to register with DOH before they can provide the reimbursable meals through ANP.
  • Without ANP reimbursements, your organization’s funds are put into providing meals and none comes back to the organization. WITH ANP reimbursements, at least some of the funds invested in the meals are returned with federal reimbursement. Additional money freed up in the budget can now be applied to other program improvements. **ANP is meant to help with the costs to providing meals, not cover all of them.
  • WITH ANP reimbursements, at least some of the funds invested in the meals are returned with federal reimbursement. Additional money freed up in the budget can now be applied to other program improvements. **ANP is meant to help with the costs to providing meals, not cover all of them.
  • If allowable meals are served to 25 children every day 180 is the average number of days in a school year
  • Sponsors work directly with Dept. of Health and receives reimbursements. They procure the food to be delivered to the site by a caterer. Some sites that sponsor themselves prepare meals on site. Sites work directly with sponsor, accept meal deliveries from the caterer, serve the meals to the children, and then provide daily meal counts and caterer delivery records to sponsors. Sponsors also monitor sites to be sure regulations are being followed. DOH also monitors a few times a year to be sure regulations are being followed. BE SURE site staff is well-trained and understands that they must follow regulations in order for sponsor to get reimbursement.

Florida's Afterschool Nutrition Program (09-2011) Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Getting FUNDING for Afterschool Meals
  • 2. Help Afterschool Programs Provide Healthy Meals & Snacks POINT 6 of the Ten-Point Plan more at WWW.FLORIDAHUNGERPARTNERSHIP.ORG
  • 3. Afterschool Nutrition Program
    • Authorized for Florida (and the rest of the nation) in the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act!
  • 4. Afterschool Nutrition Program
    • USDA federal nutrition program
    • Helps with the cost of providing meals and snacks
  • 5. Currently administered in Florida by the Department of Health Administering State Agency Child Care Food Program (CCFP) Child Care Food Program—Child Care Centers Homeless Children Nutrition Program Afterschool Nutrition Program (ANP)
  • 6.
      • Provides the nutrition children need to learn, play and grow at afterschool programs
      • Meant for children in low-income areas.
    PURPOSE
  • 7.
      • This federal program provides reimbursements to organizations that serve eligible snacks and meals to children at eligible sites.
    PURPOSE $ $ $ $ $ $
  • 8. Req’ts to qualify Afterschool Nutrition sites Site Eligibility
    • Public or private non-profit
    • Located in 50% or more free & reduced-price school zone
    • Activities provided (educational or enrichment, regularly scheduled)
    • Child care license or license exemption
    • Meet state and local health and safety standards
  • 9. Afterschool Meals Site Eligibility Site School Zone – Free/Red. Rate Does the Site Qualify? Excellence Afterschool Program Florida Elementary – 78% Crist Middle – 62% Hamilton High – 57% YES Jones Middle School Florida Elementary – 78% Jones Middle – 46% Disney High – 39% YES (because at least one school has a 50% FRP rate) Community Afterschool Program Sunshine Elementary – 49% Pecan Grove Middle – 47% Disney High – 39% NO (because none of the schools has a 50% FRP rate, even though Sunshine Elem. is right on the edge) Southeast Middle School Palm Tree Elementary – 36% Southeast Middle – 22% Disney High – 39% NO (because none of the schools has a 50% FRP rate)
  • 10. When Programs Operate
    • After students’ school days
    • Weekends
    • Holidays
    • Cannot operate during summer (there’s another program for this— the Summer Food Service Program)
  • 11. Snack
    • 1 serving of milk
    • 2 or more servings of FRUITS &/or VEGETABLES
    • 1 serving of GRAIN or BREAD
    • 1 serving of MEAT or MEAT ALTERNATIVE
    Meal Pattern Requirements Supper
    • 2 components (no “liquid diet”, i.e. fruit juice & milk)
  • 12. Procuring Food
    • SELF-PREPARATION
    • CONTRACT from CATERER
    OR
      • Registered Caterer
      • School District
  • 13. BENEFITS
      • Children more alert—can benefit more from enrichment activities offered
      • Attract more children to your program.
      • Improve the health and wellbeing of the children you serve
  • 14. BENEFITS
      • Counter childhood hunger and childhood obesity with healthy food and nutrition education.
      • Strengthen the fiscal soundness and financial sustainability of your program.
      • Could be used to leverage additional funding for meals (federal “match”)
  • 15. $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ BENEFITS Without ANP reimbursements 0
  • 16. With ANP reimbursements $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ BENEFITS
  • 17. Figuring Potential Reimbursement Average Daily Attendance X # of Days Reimb. Rate X 25 180 $0.76 X X = $3,420 25 180 $2.99 X X = $13,455 SNACKS MEALS $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
  • 18. Contact the Florida Department of Health Afterschool Meals Plugging In (850) 245-4323
  • 19. ACTIVITIES MEALS $$$ $$$ FOOD PAPERWORK PAPERWORK