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FRAC Provides Information and Assistance to Assure Nutrition for Children

10/24/2001:   Hunger prevents everyone—but especially children—from reaching their full potential. Often children come to afterschool programs hours after lunch, and they are ready for a snack to keep them going. Finding funding to serve snacks has been a problem. Recent legislation, however, has expanded resources to support such programs.

Information on these and other programs is available through the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). This nonprofit research and public policy center serves as the hub of a national antihunger network of individuals and agencies, advocates, food banks, program administrators and participants, policymakers, and others.

The FRAC website, www.frac.org, includes the Building Blocks Newsletter. The Building Blocks project builds on existing child development programs and helps agencies access the benefits and resources of programs that provide meals and snacks to children in daycare and in programs before and after school. Some of these federal programs are the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program for Children, and the WIC Program.

Additional examples of information and links from FRAC and Building Blocks include:
  • New resources available for serving snacks in afterschool programs.
  • Highlights of model programs (and a request for others to describe their successful, innovative model programs).
  • Frequently asked questions about afterschool snack programs (link to the U.S. Department of Agriculture).
  • Lists of state Child and Adult Care Food Program agencies.
  • Publications that can be ordered or downloaded (e.g., a PDF file for a brochure, "Wondering How to Feed the Children in Your Homeless or Domestic Violence Shelter?").

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