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State Afterschool Meals Legislation
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State legislation can increase access to and support for afterschool meals. States can allocate funding to encourage site expansion and support programming, require participation in high-need areas and make changes to enhance administrative efficiencies.

 Specific state policy changes to afterschool meal programs has included:

  • Streamlining administrative processes for School Food Authorities
  • Encouraging data-sharing between state agencies and nonprofit partners
  • Streamlining participation between the Summer Food Service Program and afterschool meal programs
  • Providing grants to fund afterschool programming

The following table provides information about passed legislation affecting afterschool meals. Links are included to the language of each bill.

Passed Legislation: Afterschool Meals

State

Year Category Summary
Arkansas 2014 Funding Provides grants to school districts for after-school and nutrition services.
Illinois 2014 Resolution Encourages eligible providers to participate in afterschool meal programs.
Maine 2013 Resolution Creates a task force to study issues associated with afterschool meal programs and design a plan to increase participation in school food programs.
Oregon 2014 Funding Provides grants to school districts, community organizations, and government agencies to purchase or upgrade equipment; to comply with sanitation requirements; to conduct outreach, or fund program activities.