Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I’m in an eligible area?
Your site is eligible if it is located in the attendance area of a public school where at least 50% of the students are eligible for free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program. If you have questions about this, you can contact Kara Panowitz, Out of School Time Senior Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-205-1013.
How will this affect my bottom line?
Sites do not have financial responsibilities for the afterschool meals program. Once matched with a sponsor, that sponsors takes on administrative and fiscal responsibilities for the program on your behalf.
Can I serve a snack and a supper?
Are students allowed to take food home?
No, food must be consumed on site.
Where can children receive meals?
Schools, affiliated organizations like YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs, community organizations like Parks and Rec Centers, and faith-based organizations.
Do I have to prepare my own food?
No, we can match you with a sponsor who will prepare food for your program. You can choose to prepare your own food and directly receive federal reimbursements.
Can I participate in both summer meals and afterschool meals?
Yes, the USDA recently streamlined requirements for participating in both programs.
Afterschool Meals data by county in Maryland