AFTERSCHOOL MEALS

The Afterschool Meals Program (AMP) is a federal nutrition program that offers reimbursement for nutritious snacks and suppers served at non-profit afterschool activity sites in areas where families are experiencing economic hardship. Meals can be served to any child age 18 and under at no cost to the children or their parents. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered in Florida by the Department of Health, Bureau of Child Care Food Programs (DOH BCFP).

 

SUMMER BREAKSPOT

There are thousands of Summer BreakSpot sites around the state that provide free meals and snacks to low-income children (18 and under) when school is out for the summer. Local governments, school districts, and non-profits sponsor these free summer meal sites, which include schools, parks, playgrounds, recreation centers, housing projects, migrant centers, Native American reservations, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, houses of worship, summer camps and other sites. Most Summer BreakSpot sites are open to all children who go to the site during meal service times. 

 

SCHOOL BREAKFAST

The National School Breakfast Program (SBP)—run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture—makes it possible for all school children in the United States to receive a nutritious breakfast every day at school. Beginning as a pilot in 1966 and instituted in 1975, the SBP provides reimbursements to public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services administers the program in Florida, and all public elementary schools are required to implement a school breakfast program. As a result, Florida ranks among the top ten states for school participation in the program, with 97% of all schools offering breakfast. All school districts must approve or disapprove a policy that makes universal free school breakfast available to all students in each school with 80 percent or more free and reduced-price certified students.