Food insecurity and lack of nutrition is linked to a number of negative outcomes for youth, including poor academic achievement, behavior issues, depression, suicide and several health related problems. One in six Minnesota children lives at risk of hunger.
Increasing the number of meals served in afterschool, summer, and expanded learning programs can improve enrollment and retention of youth participating in programs as well as enhance the long-term educational, health and life outcomes of the youth.
Unfortunately, many Minnesota programs have been unable to access federal funds due to the administrative burden and logistical challenges. HungerFree Minnesota estimates that our state is losing out on up to $4 million in federal funds for afterschool meals.
Youthprise as a Hub
Programs participating in the Youthprise Nutrition Hub receive resources, support and monitoring from Youthprise to start and/or manage their meals program. Youthprise assumes responsibility for negotiating contracts with food vendors, ensuring meal delivery and meeting federal reporting requirements.
The plan is to steadily expand the Nutrition Hub to include 40 afterschool programs and 15 summer programs by the end of 2016, providing 64,000 meals to more than 800 underserved children and youth.
Requirements for Participation in the Nutrition Program
- Located at a site where at least half of the children in the school attendance area are eligible for free and reduced meals;
- Offer educational or enrichment activities, after the regular school day ends, or on weekends, during times of the year when school is in session;
- Meet licensing, health, or safety codes that are required by the state of Minnesota and respective city municipality.
- Competitive sports teams are not eligible. However, afterschool care programs that include a sports activity, as part of their enrichment program may be eligible.
- Only served to children under 18 years old.
- Child must be enrolled in your afterschool program.
- Have adequate refrigeration for any meals that will not be served.
- Agree to be in compliance with all Federal, State, and local laws and regulations pertaining to the afterschool meal program.
- Have at least two staff members who have attended mandatory training, present during meal service.
To learn more about how your afterschool program can participate in the Youthprise Nutrition Hub, please contact Christa DeBoer, Nutrition Program Director at 612-564-4858, ext 89 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Civil Rights Statement
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: email@example.com
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.