Nutritious meals for after school
Three Square’s Kid Cafe® Program is a program of Feeding America, designed to ensure children without access to regular nutrition receive a healthy meal after school. It is one of the nation’s largest charitable meal service programs, providing free prepared food and nutrition education to hungry children in a safe environment.
Three Square collaborates with multiple community partners including after-school enrichment programs, the Clark County School District and the Nevada Department of Agriculture to provide nutritious meals to children in need through the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
Importance of childhood nutrition
Inadequate nutrition in childhood has been shown to have a debilitating effect on a child’s cognitive function, often leading to underperformance in school and lower academic achievement.
Children who grow up in families below 185% of the federal poverty level, and who live in food-insecure homes, suffer from two to four times as many health problems as their counterparts who do not experience hunger.
Children between the ages of five and seven who live in food-insecure households are nearly three times as likely to experience stunted growth and development.