WEST PALM BEACH — In an effort to help ensure that none of its students go to bed hungry, the School District of Palm Beach County is expanding its afterschool meals program to 16 additional schools. The district facilitated a successful pilot program in four schools last year.
Nearly 50,000 meals were served last year as part of the supper program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered in Florida by the Department of Health’s Bureau of Child Care Food Programs.
The menu is designed to provide nutritious meals to children in the District’s afterschool programs and must contain a meat or meat alternative, a grain, a fruit, a vegetable and milk. To qualify, schools must have half or more of their students eligible for free and reduced lunch. Dinner is free for all students enrolled in participating schools’ afterschool programs.
The 20 schools participating in this year’s program are:
Cholee Lake Elementary
K. E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary
C.O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary
Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary
Forest Park Elementary
Pine Grove Elementary
Rolling Green Elementary
South Grade Elementary
West Gate Elementary
West Riviera Elementary