Supper Program


Supper Program

Providing nutritious meals for children in eligible afterschool enrichment programs.

What is the supper program?

An opportunity provided by the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program (“Supper Program”) provides free, nutritious meals to CT students 18 and younger in eligible afterschool enrichment programs. Longer afterschool programs may be able to provide both a supper and a snack.
The supper meal served must meet meal pattern requirements set by the USDA. Meals may be served hot or cold and must be consumed in an on-site, congregate setting. Examples include:

  • A turkey sandwich, an apple, carrot sticks, and fat-free or low-fat of milk.
  • Baked chicken, steamed broccoli, apple slices, a whole wheat roll, and fat-free or low-fat milk.

Afterschool Meal Program FAQ (USDA)
The Afterschool Meal Program Fact Sheet (FRAC)

The Supper Program In Connecticut

  • Towns with Supper Programs
  • Eligible Towns with No Supper Programs
Download list of schools eligible for the Supper Program

Why the supper program?

1 in 4 parents express concern


1 in 4 low income parents express concern that their children do not have enough to eat between lunch and breakfast the next day.

By the time children arrive at their afterschool program, lunch is a distant memory. Kids are often hungry and offering a small snack just isn’t enough.


Why should an afterschool program serve Suppers?

  • Students participating in afterschool enrichment programs may not get home until well after 6PM and may have eaten lunch as early as 10AM.
  • It helps parents stretch food dollars.
  • It increases a child’s capacity to focus on enrichment activities, which furthers his or her education.
  • There is funding!
  • It can help increase participation in afterschool enrichment programs.

National Afterschool Meals Survey Major Findings
(Share Our Strength)

What if my school doesn’t provide “suppers”?

To be eligible for the Supper Program, an afterschool program must at minimum be located in an eligible location, which is the attendance area of a school in which at least 50% of enrolled children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Does Your Afterschool Program Qualify for Afterschool Meals?

  1. Check the CT State Department of Education website to make sure that your school is eligible for the Supper Program. All schools listed here are eligible.
  2. Contact your school to find out if there are any afterschool programs offered.
  3. If yes, ask the afterschool activities coordinator if they have considered serving Suppers.
  4. If they’re interested in learning more, ask them to contact End Hunger CT! to find out more information and to determine next steps. Contact Shannon Yearwood at // (860) 560-2100 x309.

Federal Child Nutrition Programs

National School Lunch Program
School Breakfast Program
Summer Meals Programs
Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Child and Adult Care Food Program
Afterschool Meals or “Supper” Program
Elderly Nutrition Program

Key Child Nutrition Programs


School Breakfast

The School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federally funded meals program that started in 1966. It provides nutritious breakfasts to students and gets them ready to learn.



The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.



At-risk afterschool meals are made possible through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).