District Expands Supper Program

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 16, 2015) — The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board Member Bennett Kayser, in partnership with Beyond The Bell Branch and Food Services Division, announced today the expansion of the District’s After School Supper Program. This program will ensure more students in elementary and secondary schools receive the nutrition they need as they end the instructional day.  The District, which serves more than 650,000 meals daily, will expand fresh-prepared supper meals using a targeted outreach approach. 
“The After School Supper Program has been a positive impact for our children and school community,” said Board Member Bennett Kayser. “The expansion of the Supper Program means students will get the nourishment they need to excel physically and academically.”
Any student 18 years old or younger can participate. After school supper provides students with a meal, served at least two hours after the school’s last lunch period.  Supper includes milk, bread or grain, meat or meat alternative and two servings of different vegetables or fruits.
LAUSD currently serves approximately 70,000 supper meals a day at 584 schools. The expansion of the supper program includes fresh prepared meals, such as Chipotle Chicken Salad Sandwich, Asian Salad, or BBQ Chicken Slider.  Additional Beyond The Bell outreach workers will conduct targeted on-campus and community outreach. 
“The After School Supper Program aids our students in their academic performance in school,” says Alvaro Cortés, executive director of Beyond The Bell Branch.  “The goal of the program is to provide those 18 and under access to a healthy meal.”
The expansion of the Supper Program is expected to increase participation by 36% and budgeted to generate net revenues of $16.6M.  The supper program is fully funded through the USDA sponsored program, Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
LAUSD’s Food Services Division currently serves more 127 million meals each year. The LAUSD menu meets and exceeds the USDA guidelines included in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
Contact: Ellen Morgan (213) 241-6766