Child Nutrition Programs

Center for Civil Justice (CCJ) uses outreach, recruitment and advocacy to expand and retain participation in child nutrition programs throughout Michigan. CCJ works with the Michigan Department of Education and other child anti-hunger organizations to recruit new sponsors and sites for At-Risk Afterschool Meals, Summer Meals and Breakfast in the Classroom programs.

Thanks to a generous support from our grant partners,  Center for Civil Justice is proud to unveil the “3 Meals a Day” Campaign for the 2013-2014 School Year. Below you will find resources on how to implement Afterschool, Summer and/or Breakfast programs.

After viewing our resources, programs based in Michigan are welcome to contact Marybeth Laisure, Child Nutrition Program Coordinator at or 989 545-9671 for more information on becoming a food sponsor or site.

Be sure to register for the 2014 Michigan Learning Connection Summit - Tuesday, May 6th from 8:30 - 3:30 at Ford Field.  Come learn how the importance of breakfast and exercise play an important role in a child's learning.  


Special Thanks to our Grant Partners


3 Meals a Day Campaign Video

Center for Civil Justice, in partnership with the ConAgra Foods Foundation, is proud to present our documentary on Federally-Funded Afterschool Meals. In the video, you will find information on Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC), Afterschool Meals (CACFP), and Summer Meals (SFSP). More information on each program can be found below.

We have also made a Companion Booklet available, which goes into greater deatils about the benefits and requirements of these school meal programs.

 Summer Food Service Programs (SFSP)  

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to ensure that low-income children, ages 18 and younger receive federally funded nutritious meals when school is not in session. These meals are provided to eligible children at approved sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children, usually areas where 50% or more of children are eligible for free or reduced price school lunch. Schools, YMCA Recreation Centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, Salvation Army, Faith-based communities and libraries are all examples of sites that offer the SFSP successfully. Many of these sites also offer enrichment activities, and food and activities often go hand-in-hand.  

During the summer months, parents and guardians can find a SFSP site’s by accessing the Michigan Department of Education's locator map at , by contacting the United Way’s 211 line or by texting "FoodMI" to 877877. Take advantage of healthy food to fuel your summer!

In order to help advocates, potential sites and potential sponsors, we have made the following materials available:

If you have additional questions, please contact Marybeth Laisure, Child Nutrition Program Coordinator at (989) 545-9671 or click here to request more information! SFSP sounds great! Our program would like to become a site or sponsor! [click here]

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Afterschool Meals (CACFP)

Federal funding under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is available to afterschool programs that serve a meal or snack to children in low-income “at-risk” areas. These at-risk sites are eligible to claim reimbursement at the free rate for up to one snack and one meal served to each eligible participant per day. After-school care programs must include organized, regularly scheduled activities in a structured and supervised environment; an education or enrichment activity; care for children after school or on the weekends, holidays or school vacations during the regular school year; and must be located in a school area in which at least 50 percent of the children are approved for free or reduced-price meals. Examples of some eligible child care sites are:  licensed child care centers (YMCA’s, YWCA’s), recreation centers providing an after-school activity, and after-school care programs.

Parents and guardians looking for an afterschool meal program should contact their local school district for more information. Potential sites and sponsors can find more information on CACFP at Michigan Department of Education’s website:

We have also created the following resources:

If you have additional questions, please contact Marybeth Laisure, Child Nutrition Program Coordinator at (989) 545-9671 or click here for more information. It sounds great! I want to start and afterschool program [click here].

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The Most Important Meal of the Day - Breakfast!!!

There are many benefits to eating a school breakfast, but not enough students take advantage of the program. Many students miss out on eating breakfast at school because the bus is late, they're worried about the stigma associated with being involved in the program (for low-income students) or because they're pressured to get to class on time. Breakfast in the classroom is a proven way to increase school breakfast participation and make sure all students are ready for a day of learning!  Studies show that students who eat breakfast have better health, miss fewer days at school, and generally do better in academics.

Parents and guardians should contact their local school district for breakfast options in their area.
We have also made the following resources available:

If you have additional questions about starting a breakfast in the classroom program, please contact Marybeth Laisure, Child Nutrition Program Coordinator at (989) 545-9671 or click here for more information! It sounds great! Our school would like to offer a breakfast in the classroom program! [click here]

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Other Resouces

Rural Toolkit for Hosting Afterschool and Summer Programs: coming soon!