If you are interested in partnering with AAFB for support on your program, please contact our Child & Youth Outreach Manager Monique.





Childhood Hunger

Currently in Arizona, 1 in 5 children don't consistently get the food they need to grow and thrive. One thing we know is children who are focused on their growling tummies can't focus on learning. But thanks to grants from the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, and Food and Research Action Center, AAFB is working to get more kids the food they need. We work to support our community in making sure kids get nutirious meals they need by expanding access to federal Child Nutrition programs including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program, and programs that operate while school is out of session such as Summer Meal programs.

Free School Meals
When kids at risk of hunger get meals in school, it improves their health, reduces class disruptions, and improves their grades. Many schools that serve low-income students aren’t aware that they meet federal criteria to provide free school meals to all students, i.e., universal school meals. Through partnerships with the Arizona Department of Education’s Health and Nutrition Services (ADE) and community partners, we connect schools and districts with the information and resources they need to apply for special provisions that allow them to provide universal school breakfast and lunch. For example, annually schools typically apply to implement the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) in May and June. Learn more about how schools can apply for the Community Eligibility Provision. The deadline to submit applications for the SY2019-20 CEP application cycle is Friday, June 28, 2019.

School Breakfast
According the School Breakfast Scorecard released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), out of 100 students that qualify for free/reduced lunches in Arizona, only  54 of them are also eating breakfast.  Working with the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, FRAC, Valley of the Sun United Way, the Dairy Council of Arizona, and the Arizona Department of Education’s Health and Nutrition Services, AAFB encourages schools to implement alternative breakfast models to give more kids a healthy start to the school day. This effort includes reaching out to schools districts that could benefit from higher school breakfast participation, meeting with school nutrition professionals to help plan successful programs, and directing schools to funding resources, as available, that could help them adopt an alternative breakfast models.Learn more about our School Breakfast work. 

Summer Meals
Kids who rely on school meals throughout the year are at risk of not eating at all during the summer.  The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the NSLP Seamless Summer Option allow schools and community-based organizations to provide free nutritious meals to children and tends ages 18 and younger while school is out of session. Through partnerships with the Arizona Department of Education’s Health and Nutrition Services, food bank partners and school districts that directly sponsor summer meal sites, and community partners such as the AzHealthZone’s SNAP-Ed partners, AAFB works to promote summer meals sites and identify site expansion opportunities in underserved urban and rural communities. Learn more about Summer Meals.

Need to locate a Summer Meals Site?  Visit www.azhealthzone.org/summerfood or text "FOOD' or "COMIDA" to 877-877.

Learn more about the impacts of Childhood Food Insecurity through our #ImagineaSolution video about Hunger & Education!