Childhood hunger is a devastating condition that pervades our community. At many of our schools, more than 80% of children rely on Free and Reduced Meals programs to get the nutrition they need. Unfortunately, these programs can only reach kids when they are at school. The Children’s Programs supplement Free and Reduce Meals by operating during times when children at not at school. By operating different service models during different parts of the year, we are able to provide kids with the food they need to be happy, healthy, and successful
USDA Non-Discrimination Statement for Child Nutrition Programs
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form(link is external), from any USDA office, by calling 866-632-9992 or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation.
The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
The first Children’s Program, the Backpack Program, began in 2008 serving 50 children each weekend at McCarver Elementary in Tacoma. This program now serves more than 1,100 children each weekend at dozens of schools in Tacoma, Lakewood, and Puyallup. Each backpack provides two days of food so children can come to school on Monday well-fed and ready to learn. Our backpacks contain easy to access foods for children who are unable to cook. Foods include snacks, instant soups and meals, and an additional bag of fresh fruits and vegetables for increased nutrition.
Summer Meals offers crucial nutrition for children during the summer, one of the hardest times for struggling families. Each weekday during the summer, we deliver healthy lunches to over 250 children at apartment complexes and community centers in Tacoma and Lakewood. The typical lunch that children receive in this program includes a wholewheat turkey wrap with cheese, lettuce, and cucumbers, homemade Lunchables, and healthy sandwiches. All lunches are served with Fresh Summer Fruit, healthy snacks, and milk.
After Schools Snacks partners with schools in Tacoma to feed 200 children once the school day is done. These snacks support children in programs that help teach them how to make good and healthy choices.