Creighton Supper Nutrition Program
The Creighton School District, located in a low socioeconomic community where 89 percent of its students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, combats hunger through a newly developed Supper Nutrition Program.
The initiative is funded through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program and allows Creighton to provide hot, nutritious meals four days per week. Meals are newly prepared by four chefs daily in the central kitchen, and are delivered to the four corresponding schools.
A staff member or volunteer at each school is responsible for distributing and tracking meals. Meatloaf and mashed potatoes, Thai sweet chicken, barbecue chicken, entrée salads and tamales are some dishes that have been served. Food is purchased and obtained by the Child Nutrition and Wellness Department.
Creighton hopes to expand the program to all nine schools by 2018. Parents, guardians and older siblings can also receive a hot meal for $1.
All four schools serve, on average, about 600 meals daily to 23 percent of students and their families, which is double the amount of meals originally anticipated.
To start your own program:
- Don’t be scared! Administrators can balance the work.
- Start slowly so costs remain low.
- Contact your state agency that oversees school meal programs to consider options and what would work best for you.