Resources for school and community partners
Second Harvest Heartland works with school and community partners to grow meal programs for youth. We work with federal nutrition programs, including school breakfast, afterschool meals, summer meals, and SNAP. SHH support includes financial resources, technical assistance, best practices and networking, and professional development.
SNAP in Schools Toolkit
Find easy ways to promote SNAP to your school families!
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded, USDA sponsored nutrition assistance program that provides families with their basic nutritional needs to get them through temporary hard times. SNAP is especially critical to our communities during the pandemic, with families seeing a loss of work, benefits, and easily accessible school meals. We are asking our partners to help with SNAP outreach and education to get more families connected to this vital resource.
In this toolkit, you will find more information on SNAP, as well as resources and recommendations on how you can promote the program, including tools such as a robodial script, a letter template to send to families, social media images, brochures – and more!
Remember: not only does SNAP provide families with much-needed dollars for food, but it also automatically enrolls students in the free/reduced meals program – meaning more revenue for the school! This is truly a win-win situation for all involved.
School Breakfast & Breakfast After the Bell
The National School Breakfast Program (NSBP) is a federally assisted meal program, administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Overseen by state agencies, this program operates in public and non-profit private schools. SHH promotes Breakfast After the Bell, an alternative meal model to fight childhood hunger and provide opportunity for the children of Minnesota.
Afterschool Meals and Snacks (CACFP)
The CACFP is an afterschool meals and snacks program funded by the USDA, and administered at a state level by MDE, that offers food at no cost to youth 18 and under who attend the meal site. Program coordinators must offer enrichment with their meal program, though the youth have the option to participate. SHH supports CACFP growth by investing in costs associated with the program (equipment, staffing, etc.), as well technical assistance and consultation.
Summer Meals (SFSP)
The Summer Food Service Program provides meals and snacks free of charge to ALL youth 18 and under when school is out for the summer. This critical food resource helps ensure that all of Minnesota’s youth, including the 40% of students K-12 who rely on free or reduced-price meals in school, are getting the nutrition they need for healthy physical and emotional development, and to retain their academic achievements.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP is a federally funded, USDA sponsored nutrition assistance program that provides families and individuals with their basic nutritional needs to get them through temporary hard times. SNAP recipients receive benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card and can only be used to purchase food items from grocery stores, farmers’ markets and other food retailers, making it an effective way for low-income families to put enough food on the table. SHH works with schools and organizations in the community to raise awareness about the availability of SNAP benefits, including providing information for distribution to clients; assisting with SNAP screening and SNAP applications (with bilingual assistance); and post-application follow-up with counties.
Second Harvest Heartland is pleased to work with No Kid Hungry to offer grant opportunities to support meal model changes and investments that will increase program participation. There are grants available for Breakfast After the Bell, CACFP, and SFSP. Please visit our Funding Opportunities page for more information.