The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina  announced Wednesday their participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Meals will be available at no separate charge to enrolled participants. Children who are TANF recipients or who are members of SNAP or FDPIR households or are Head Start participants, are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits.

Children attending the Boys & Girls Club Sandhills Trinity and Aberdeen, as well as children attending the Boys & Girls Club of Central Carolina OT Sloan, are eligible to receive hot meals at their after-school program.

“We know that healthy, nutritious meals are a huge part of what helps children be successful and prepared to learn,” said Dana Ellis, the Food Bank’s Senior Manager, Child Nutrition and Federal Food Program. “We encourage all parents and guardians of kids in these afterschool programs to reach out to their program directors to inquire about the ability to participate in the opportunity to receive hot meals.”

The Food Bank has expanded the Child and Adult Care Food Program across its service area, supporting 8 sites this year in 34 counties.

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