A Heart to Give

Early Childhood Center  

                            "Preparing our Future for the Future"


  106 Barrows PL

Desoto, TX 75115



At-Risk After school program


When school is out and parents are still at work, children need a safe place to be with their friends, with structured activities, and supportive adults. Afterschool programs that serve meals and snacks draw children and teenagers into constructive activities that are safe, fun, and filled with opportunities for learning. The food gives them the nutrition they need to learn and grow.


A Heart to Give Foundation, Inc. saw a need for students to receive a meal while participating in afterschool programs. This need arose as the majority of students had an early lunch, some as early as 10:30 in the morning. If these students were participating in afterschool programs, they might not eat another meal until late at night, or for some not until breakfast the next day. As A Heart to Give began to research possible options for an afterschool meal service, we discovered the United States Department of Agriculture has the CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program. This meal program is designed for schools located in areas where 50% of the student population qualify for free or reduced price meal.


To be eligible to participate in the at-risk afterschool meals component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program an afterschool program must meet all of the following requirements:

-Be located in an area eligible location

-Be organized primarily to provide care for children after school

-Provide organized regularly scheduled activities in a structured and supervised environment.

-Include education or enrichment activities.


CACFP regulations require that at-risk afterschool programs be located in the attendance area of an area eligible school. This means that the site is located in the attendance area of a public elementary, middle, or high school where at least 50 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program. This is referred to as “area eligibility.”


Another criteria is that the program must be organized primarily to provide after school care

At-risk afterschool care programs provide a much-needed service to their communities. They give children a safe place to go after school, and join their friends in physical, educational, and social activities.

Programs must also provide educational or enrichment activities. Although there are no specific requirements for the types of educational and enrichment activities that a program has to offer, examples include, but are not limited to, arts and crafts, homework assistance, life skills, remedial education, and organized fitness activities.


Note: there is no requirement that all children receiving meals participate in the offered activities.


Organized athletic programs that only participate in interscholastic or community level competitive sports--for example, competitive youth sports leagues, community sports leagues are not eligible for the program.


However, afterschool programs that include supervised athletic activity may participate as long as they are “open to all” and do not limit membership for reasons other than space, security, or licensing requirements.

At-risk afterschool programs provide meals and snacks served to children who participate in an approved afterschool program and who are age 18 or under at the start of the school year.

Combining nutritious meals and snacks with child care and enrichment activities is great for our children…. we hope you consider partnering with A Heart to Give Foundation, Inc.

Contact Information:

Tracy Carter, Director

106 Barrows PL

Desoto, TX 75115



A Heart to Give Inc.

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