Part of our MFB Kids™ initiative, our Supper Club Program provides children in underserved communities with a nutritious meal as part of participation in after-school activities. By serving meals through existing after-school programs, the Supper Club Program ensures that children have consistent access to healthy food in a safe, familiar setting that is free of stigma.
How do Supper Clubs work?
Supper Clubs engage children in after-school activities such as tutoring, arts and crafts and sports, while providing free, healthy meals to hungry kids. Supper Clubs are hosted by established community organizations, such as YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs and recreation centers—all of which are in or near schools with 50 percent or more participation in the free and reduced-price meal program. Offering a safe space, friends and fun, Supper Clubs keep kids healthy, happy and engaged after school. With a full stomach and a good night’s sleep, kids wake up fresh and ready to learn in the morning.
Why do we need Supper Clubs?
Supper Clubs provide financially strapped households with affordable after-school supervision, keeping kids safe and providing structure and homework help.
Supper Clubs provide food-insecure children with a nutritious meal in the evening, setting them up for success as they return to school well-nourished the next day.
Partnering with the Boys and Girls Clubs and Police Athletic Leagues, Supper Clubs typically provide at-risk kids with positive role models and mentors.
In addition to providing academic help, staff members at Supper Clubs frequently integrate activities that emphasize a child’s self-worth and healthy growth.
What sets MFB Supper Clubs apart from similar programs?
Simple: Our meals are prepared fresh daily by professional chefs and students enrolled in FoodWorks, the Maryland Food Bank’s culinary training program. FoodWorks chefs work with local produce, healthy meats and other nutritious ingredients to produce kids’ meals of the highest quality. Coupling healthy ingredients with kid-friendly menu items, all FoodWorks meals adhere to the strict nutritional guidelines mandated by the U.S.D.A.