The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a USDA program that provides reimbursement for healthy meals and snacks for youth at afterschool school, childcare, and daycare centers. Nationally this program provides healthy meals and snacks to over 3 million children. End Child Hunger SC will work to establish new afterschool enrichment sites, connect existing afterschool program sites with the CACFP program, and work with community partners to improve outreach and enhance programming at afterschool enrichment sites. If you would like to get involved in our afterschool program efforts please e-mail email@example.com.
If you are interested in finding an existing afterschool program visit: http://www.scafterschool.com/
SC Afterschool Alliance provides a supportive statewide network comprising: partnerships among state government agencies, municipal leaders, private foundations, local school districts, higher education, 1,242 diverse afterschool and summer learning program providers and other critical stakeholders.
A USDA program that provides up to 2 free meals during the summer to youth ages 3-18. Currently 1 out of 5 low-income youth participate in the program during the summer. To increase the number of youth served by this program End Child Hunger SC has established county-wide workgroups in: Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, and Richland counties to increase the number of sites, solve transportation barriers, change the program to an enrichment experience, and improve the outreach of the program. Webinars have also been established to provide best practices. If you are interested in getting involved please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A provision of the 2010 Hunger-Free Kids Act allows schools that have a 40% or higher ratio of students that receive or qualify for free lunch to eat breakfast and lunch for free. Currently 350 out of 700 schools that qualify in South Carolina participate including all schools in Richland School District One. End Child Hunger SC has established a workgroup in partnership with SC Appleseed to encourage the remaining schools that qualify for the Community Eligibility Provision to opt-in. If you are interested in getting involved please e-mail us at email@example.com.
Two Family Champion Leaders have been identified from Richland and Lexington Counties. Both families have experienced food insecurity before and will use their experience to help recruit other families to be engaged in fighting childhood hunger, attend meetings to inform anti-childhood hunger program strategies, and participate in leadership development. End Child Hunger SC looks forward to adding more leaders in other counties in the state.
The last week of October is recognized in several town, cities, and counties as End Child Hunger SC week. The first annual End Child Hunger SC week was proclaimed in October 2015. The purpose of End Child Hunger SC week is to bring an increased awareness to the issue of child hunger, highlight agencies and individuals currently working towards ending hunger, and provide city-wide opportunities for the community to actively fight hunger.
Locations that have proclaimed End Child Hunger SC Week:
City of Columbia: 2016
City of Newberry: 2016
Lexington County: 2015 and 2016
Richland County: 2015 and 2016
Town of Hilton Head: 2016
Town of Irmo: 2015 and 2016