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What is it? Snacks and/or meals at an after school program in the form of a congregate meal for children. Target population: Children 18 and under participating in an after school enrichment program, especially those who might not get supper at home. Funding source: Snacks and meals are reimbursed through the US Dept. of Agriculture, via the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Summary: The Healthy Kids Club Program is a program in which Care and Share partners with a variety of afterschool programs to provide nutritious snacks or suppers for at-risk children. The snack/meal must be accompanied by additional "enrichment activities," such as academic support, tutoring, mentoring, arts and crafts, music, nutrition education, or community service projects. Sports and recreation can be part of an afterschool program as long as participation is open to all. Care and Share currently provides service to 25 sites in throughout our Southern Colorado. Food for this program is funded through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environement. This year, Care and Share has opened several new sites and will provide over 80,000 snacks and 5,000 meals to children in need this year. To become a site under Care and Share, a site must be located near a school that has 50% or higher free and reduced lunch. Infrastructure needed: • Located at or near a school • Space to serve food• Space to store snacks• A place to wash hands• Enrichment activities and corresponding materials
Volunteers/staff duties needed: • Serving the meals and tracking the number of children participating• Supervising the children while they eat• Leading enrichment activities with children• Tracking service numbers and sending monthly reports to Care and Share• Cleaning up• Outreach to participants New Site Start Up Checklist • Completed HKC Application• Care and Share HKC Agreement• Copy of 501c3 designation• Successful Health Department Inspection (or copies of most recent inspection)• Complete ServSafe Training (or copies of certification cards)• Completed HKC training• Copy of program schedule• List of employees working with the program that have successfully completed a background check• Initial site inspection scheduled For questions, program examples and information, please contact : Jennifer Mariano, Programs DirectorJennifer@careandshare.org, 719-434-4676
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