Resources for school and community partners

child hunger photoSecond 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Funding Opportunities

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.

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