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).
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.
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.
FLORIDA HEALTHY RETAIL
In 2018, Florida Impact to End Hunger opened a new chapter in its work to fight hunger, by launching a healthy corner store project in Miami Gardens. Healthy corner stores represent an opportunity to bring higher nutrition foods into an existing food system in areas in need. Many communities rely on small retailers as their primary source of food. Unfortunately, these stores are often full of cheap, unhealthy choices and little to no fresh options. Poor diet, and other social determinants of health, may lead to chronic disease and other negative health outcomes. By bringing nutritious options into corner stores, shoppers have the option to make healthier choices. Effective branding and partnerships can help encourage this choice, by educating and supporting individuals and families on proper nutrition.
FARM TO LEON COUNTY SCHOOLS
Unfortunately, many children don't have access to proper food and nutrition education. Learning where your food comes from and how it can benefit your health can not only impact the wellness and outlook of children, but influence nutrition decisions well into their adult years. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers Farm to School grants for planning, developing, and implementing farm to school projects in schools across the nation. With one of those planning grants and an amazing group of community partners, we're now able to bring that mission to Leon County. From stocking cafeterias with local produce, to creating lush school gardens, to teaching kids healthy recipes, to visiting local farms and getting some hands-on learning experience with farm fresh produce, our goal is to tackle rising obesity rates and ensure that school meals benefit children, schools, and local farmers. Many kids rely on school meals as their only meals during weekdays: let's make them count.
Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications. Instead, schools that adopt CEP are reimbursed using a formula based on the percentage of students categorically eligible for free meals based on their participation in other specific means-tested programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).