Manteca Unified offers after school snack and supper programs at 13 campuses.
Changes made to the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 allowed the district to participate in the federally funded Child and Adult Care Food Program.
MUSD’s Nutrition Services Department developed a snack and supper program in which they provide a healthy afterschool snack as well as supper for students participating in the after school program offered at various school sites within the district. Presently the school sites include August Knodt, George Komure, Great Valley, Lincoln, Shasta, Golden West, French Camp, Lathrop, Sequoia, Nile Garden, Brock Elliott, Weston Ranch, and Manteca High.
It is through strong ties with Give Every Child a Chance (GECAC) and their afterschool program, that has allowed the Nutrition Services Department to implement the Snack and Supper Program which to date provides 338 healthy suppers daily and 906 nutritious snacks per month for eligible students.
According to Snack and Supper supervisor Tracee Franks, 59% of the students in the district are eligible for free or reduce price meals.
“We have the unique opportunity to not only provide our students with healthy meals, but to teach our children about healthy eating at every meal,” Franks said. “We see it as our role in a child’s education to provide nutritious meals so students are able to focus on learning.”
Due to their partnership with the GECAC program, MUSD staff have been able to participate in several community and student events including: cooking demonstrations with an in-house professional chef, family health nights with a registered dietitian, as well as working closely with a master gardener to create and maintain fresh school gardens.
“We actually purchase the student grown vegetables from several school gardens to use throughout our various meal services,” Franks nited.
Franks credits GECAC’s afterschool program sites which are part of the Team California for Healthy After Schools initiative as well as school sites visited throughout the state of California which have demonstrated healthy nutrition services, as a key influence for the Snack and Supper program as well as developing school gardens, offering fresh fruits for snack, and even adding water to the supper service for optimal nutrition.
The Nutrition Services Department is responsible for creating new, tasty menus that meet healthy meal requirements to serve during the school day as well as afterschool through the Snack and Supper program and encourage students and their families to share feedback.
“We love when families provide feedback on our programs,” she said. “We want to know what your students like to eat and even what they don’t like. We love to hear about menu ideas. Maybe there is something that parents serve at home that we could be serving.”
For more information about the Snack and Supper program, contact Tracee Franks at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 858-.0829.