17 percent of Idaho children are currently food insecure – without sufficient access to nutritious food to fulfill their daily dietary needs. In Ada County the total is 15 percent of kids.
The National League of Cities has selected Boise as one of 11 cities nationally for its Cities Combating Child Hunger through Afterschool Meal Programs (CHAMP) initiative.
The NLC awarded the city a $14,834 grant and practical guidance to help increase children’s participation in the program.
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department has added the Meal Program to its afterschool activities at Morley Nelson, Grace Jordan and Whitney schools. In addition, “super snacks” are served at 4 p.m. weekdays to more than 300 kids every day at the three schools in the program.
Kids enjoy the meals of meal of meatloaf, chicken stew or burritos, fruit and milk provided by by Life’s Kitchen and served by the Boise Parks & Recreation staff.