Menu Trendwatch: After School Meal Programs Have a Growth Spurt

Menu Trendwatch: After School Meal Programs Have a Growth Spurt

New legislation coupled with the rough economic climate means that more than just snack are being offered after school by schools and other entities.

After school programs that serve snacks provide nutrition for children and also a safe place for them to go before working parents can pick them up. These programs are increasing in number and reach, offering opportunities for both school nutrition departments and other foodservice providers that can produce program compliant snacks and meals.

The number of school nutrition programs operating after-school snack programs increased from 42 percent in 2006 to 47 percent in 2007 and jumpe

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