North Side Pilots After-School Meal Program

Record Number: 12348
Displayed from: Dec 03, 2014 , until: Feb 03, 2015

North Side High School began offering after-school meals this week to students participating in study tables after school. The pilot program is being offered through the Child and Adult Care Food Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Indiana Department of Education, Division of School and Community Nutrition Programs.

The goal of the program is to improve the diets of students and increase the opportunity to eat a variety of nutritious foods. Any North Side student involved in the after-school study tables can participate in the meal program at no cost. Meals will include an entrée sandwich, fruit, vegetables, occasional dessert and beverage.

“We’re excited to offer this to students staying after school for study tables at North Side,” Nutrition Services Director Candice Hagar said. “We know students are often hungry by the end of the school day, and this meal will help them stay focused as they continue to study after school.”

The program will continue through the end of the 2014-15 school year. At that point, it will be determined if it will continue and if additional high schools will be added for the 2015-16 school year.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.