ST. CHARLESNorthern Illinois Food bank (NIFB), a member of Americas Second HarvestThe Nations Food Bank Network, is accepting applications from childrens after-school programs to provide nutritious snacks. With funding received from the Illinois State Board of Education, NIFB will provide snacks, at no cost to the program providers, to every child attending the approved site. To be eligible, at least 50 percent of children enrolled at the nearest school to the program must be eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch. Last year, NIFB provided more than 45,760 snacks to 19 after-school children activity sites. Currently, 29 childrens programs are enrolled in the snack program.
The After-School Snack Program is a federally-sponsored program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) designed to help ensure that children and youth receive the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow. NIFB snacks meet the guidelines established by USDA and contain the required combinations and portions of milk, juice, grains, protein, fruits and vegetables. Staff of the program sites is responsible for incorporating snack time into their program activities and serving each child. Arrangements for snack delivery are made with NIFB. To learn if and how your program may qualify, please contact Jennifer Anderson at 630-443-6910.
The After School Snack Program is part of NIFBs continued commitment to end childhood hunger. In Illinois, more than 15.3 percent of children live in poverty; 42.7 percent are enrolled to receive free or reduced-price lunches, and 16.5 percent are enrolled in food stamp programs. (Source: Kids Counts 2004: Voices for Illinois Children)
For more information on NIFB, please call 630.443.6910 or visit www.northernilfoodbank.org.
From the Oct. 19-25, 2005, issue