The New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition (NJSACC), a statewide organization for afterschool communities, has announced that a limited number of grants between $1,000 and $2,500 are available to qualifying organizations to support and expand after-school meals in New Jersey.

Grant applications are available online and are due Dec. 9 at 5 p.m.

Grant recipients are expected to use funds to expand access to after-school meals using USDA funds through the Child and Adult Care Food Program’s (CACFP) At-Risk Afterschool Meal program for children in New Jersey. More information about eligibility requirements can be found online here.

Examples of activities to “expand access” include:

  • becoming an approved sponsor for the first time;
  • adding new meal sites or increasing total meals at existing sites;
  • adding service days (such as adding additional service days during the school week or by serving meals on holidays or weekends);
  • changing or adding a new meal service (such as changing from snacks to full meals); and
  • providing year-round meal service (such as summer meal providers adding afterschool suppers).

Funds will be considered for the following uses: food service equipment; inspection fees or related repairs; enrichment/educational activities or supplies; or outreach materials.  Potential grant recipients should note that funds may not be used to pay for snacks or meals directly.