After School Meal and Snack Program
Contact: Lesley Nelson
Manager, Child Hunger Prevention - Portland Metro
Email, (503) 595-5501, ext. 307
Contact: Rose Walker
Manager, Child Hunger Prevention - Statewide
Email, (503) 595-5501 ext. 324
About the Program
The After School Meal and Snack Program (ASMSP) provides reimbursement to qualifying after school programs that serve free meals or snacks to children. The program is administered at the Federal level by the USDA and at the State level by the Oregon Department of Education.
Children benefit because nutritionally-balanced food allows them to get the most from enrichment programs. Money saved can be used to fund program activities.
What We Do
Outreach and Program Assistance
Through our After School Outreach Project, we work with the Oregon Department of Education and other partners to identify communities that would benefit from after-school programming and help get programs up and running. We document best practices, and share our knowledge with others to improve and stabilize programs.
We identify opportunities for After School Meal & Snack improvement through our work with providers here in Oregon, and by monitoring the efforts of other states. We advocate for these improvements through state and federal policy change, like Federal Child Nutrition Reauthorization.