One of the major sources of support for providing nutritious food to young children is through The Child and Adult Care Food Program. CACFP is funded through the USDA Food and Nutrition Services and is part of the safety net to improve access to food and a healthy diet to at-risk populations. Nationally, more than 4.2 million children benefit from the program through their child care providers.
At Revolution Foods, we’re proud to offer healthy, kid-inspired, chef-crafted supper meals and snacks for community and afterschool programs across the nation as part of CACFP. We work closely with our partners to provide customized snack and supper platforms that work best for their needs so that all children have access to nutritious meals, even after the school day ends.
By offering a wide range of hot and cold supper options such as hearty veggie chili, BBQ chicken drumsticks with cheesy rice, and a variety of wraps and sandwiches, students can get a delicious meal they love that is packed with nutrition. Check out our supper sample menu to learn more about our delicious offerings.
Just as with Revolution Foods’ lunch and breakfast programs, the supper program offers high-quality, nutritious meals featuring clean label ingredients, including fresh, local, and regional produce, high-quality proteins, and rBST-free dairy products from local dairies. All meals are made with wholesome ingredients free of artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, and we never use high fructose corn syrup or trans-fats in our foods.
For many families, providing a nutritious dinner for their children each day is a constant struggle. Some families’ primary source of groceries might be the corner convenience store where it is easier to get a bag of potato chips than an apple for a snack. Other families may only have a microwave and no reliable way to keep food cold due to their living circumstance. This makes it very difficult to prepare anything other than pre-packaged foods which often have high levels of sugar, sodium and other ingredients without much nutritional value.
According to studies by the Food Research & Action Center, despite continual growth, the Afterschool Supper Program only serves a small fraction of the low-income students who participated in the school-day free or reduced-price school lunch program, reaching just one child for every 19 low-income children who participated in school lunch. This is an excellent example of how a program like CACFP can help children who are at-risk nutritionally. Not only do they have access to nutritious food, but they also learn about and get to try different foods that they may not otherwise encounter.
Contact us to learn more about Revolution Foods’ CACFP offerings and how we can work together to grow afterschool and summer meal programs across the country.