Supper On Site for APS Students

salad-bar_jones-002No Kid Hungry, a national organization that connects kids in need with nutritious food, reports that 1 out of 5 kids in the United States struggles with hunger.  About 62 percent of teachers surveyed by the organization say they regularly see kids who come to school hungry. 

Hungry kids struggle with learning, have difficulty concentrating, experience more illness and often times act out in the classroom.  Our students deserve the opportunity to learn and thrive, no matter their circumstances.   I’ve blogged previously about addressing the needs of the WHOLE child – to that end I am excited to announce that 50 APS school sites have been approved to participate in the Bright From The Start Supper Meal Program for the 2014-2015 school year. 

This new Supper On Site Program will provide students with a free afterschool supper while attending their participating school’s traditional afterschool program or athletic practice. This means, for example—band, football and volleyball teams, robotics club, yearbook club, dance team along with students enrolled in aftercare—will receive a full meal on site.  Any student participating in aftercare or sponsored afterschool activities at the 50 schools listed below can receive a full meal after school each and every day. 

Last week, 58 Long Middle School students participated in our first Supper On Site pilot.  They were served spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans, orange wedges and milk.  300 students were also served at Mays High School followed by 150 athletes at Douglass High School.  The program will begin at all participating schools September 15. 

My hope is that this nutritious food will give APS students the energy they need to concentrate on homework and join their friends in physical, educational, and social activities.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) at the national level. Within the Georgia, the Bright From The Start Supper Meal component offers federal funding to afterschool programs that serve supper meals to children in low-income areas.

Once suppers begin at participating schools September 15, I plan to visit school sites to see the program in action and as always, I will taste test as many meals as possible.  Thanks goes to the district’s head of operations, Larry Hoskins and head of nutrition, Dr. Marilyn Hughes, for implementing this program in the district.

The following schools are eligible to participate in the Supper On Site Program during the 2014-2015 school year.

  1. Adamsville
  2. Beecher Hills
  3. Benteen
  4. Bethune
  5. Bolton
  6. Boyd
  7. Brown
  8. Bunche
  9. Carver High
  10. Cascade
  11. Centennial
  12. Cleveland
  13. Connally
  14. Continental Colony
  15. D.H. Stanton
  16. Deerwood
  17. Dobbs
  18. Drew Charter
  19. Dunbar
  20. F.L. Stanton
  21. Fain
  22. Fickett
  23. Finch
  24. Forrest Hills
  25. Gideons
  26. Harper-Archer
  27. Hope-Hill
  28. Hutchinson
  29. Jones
  30. Kimberly
  31. Long
  32. Maynard
  33. Mays
  34. Miles
  35. Parkside
  36. Perkerson
  37. Peyton Forest
  38. Price
  39. Scott
  40. Slater
  41. South Atlanta
  42. Therrell High
  43. Toomer
  44. Usher
  45. Venetian Hills
  46. Washington High
  47. West Manor
  48. Whitefoord
  49. Woodson
  50. Young

5 thoughts on “Supper On Site for APS Students

  1. Jennifer Freeman says:

    Every time I receive an update from you I jump out of my seat! You, your team and the BOE are a breath of fresh air. Keep on developing the WHOLE child. Please know you are not alone in this VERY important journey. There are multitudes of parents, community members, and partners rooting for your success everyday. From another “Momma Bear”.

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  2. Dorothy Pirzad says:

    I LOVE this program, such a common sense approach to a debilitating problem. (And we all know common sense is not common:) Thank you, Ms. Carstarphen. I would also like to see the children have input regarding menus and maybe reducing wasted food. Not all of them would only want hot dogs, grilled cheese & cookies 🙂

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  3. Anne McClatchey says:

    What a wonderful opportunity to nourish those children! Next step is to serve nourishing food. Hate to criticize, but spaghetti and green beans (from a can?) is a cop out. How about some nutrient rich food? Collards, winter squash or baked sweet potato, pinto beans and sliced tomato with a lean meat or fish would do them so much more good. Would it be much more expensive? School kids get enough cheap empty calories.

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