Special Nutrition Programs

Special Nutrition Programs

If you are a provider who needs to submit claims, enter inspection information, apply to be a provider, or find information or resources out special nutrition programs, you can go here.

For parents looking for help finding places and opportunities for meals, we regulate several different programs that offer meals at schools, child care centers, and in after school programs.

Child and Adult Care Food Program

Benefits of the program

For children:  When a child care center participates in this program the children will get free meals and snacks that meet federal guidelines for nutrition, to help them learn, play, and grow.

For parents:  When a child care center participates in the program the center will be reimbursed for a portion of the food served. This will allow the center to free up funds that can be used elsewhere for building a quality program.

To participate in this program, talk with your school or child care center.

At Risk Program

Benefits of the program

For children: When school is out and parents are still at work, children need a safe place to be with their friends, with structured activities, and supportive adults. Afterschool programs that serve meals or snacks draw children and teenagers into constructive activities that are safe, fun, and filled with opportunities for learning. The meals and snacks meet the federal guidelines for nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow.

For parents:  Parents can rest easy knowing that their children are at a safe place with supervision and an educational or enrichment program designed for the appropriate age of their child.

Some of these programs are run by school districts while others are run by non-profit organizations. To find a program near you, you may call 501 682-8869.

Summer Feeding Service Program

An estimated 200,000 children in Arkansas are at risk of hunger and not getting the food they need to lead healthy, active lives during the summer months when school is out.

Benefits of the program

For children: Provides free, nutritious meals and snacks which meet federal guidelines for nutrition to help children as they learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months, when school is not in session.

For parents:  Parents whose kids get approved meals at free or reduced prices during the school year can insure their children get those same meals and/or snacks free during the summer at a supervised, state-approved site.

How to find a SFSP program near you program.

Are you a parent or guardian looking for SFSP sites near you? Find a summer site in your community with our Summer Meal Site Finder mapping tool. You can also text “Summer Meals” to 97779 or call 1-866-348-6479 to find a site near you.

National School Lunch Program

Note: DHS only approves and monitors private school, residential Child care institutions, state juvenile treatment centers, and juvenile detention centers.  All public schools are approved and monitored through the Arkansas Department of Education.

For children:  When a private school participates in this program the children will get meals and snacks that meet federal guidelines for nutrition, to help them learn, play, and grow.

For parents:  When a private school participates in this program the school will be reimbursed for a portion of the food served. This will allow the school to free up funds that can be used elsewhere for building a quality program.

To participate in this program, please talk with officials at your child’s school.

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700 Main Street Slot S-160
Little Rock, AR 72201-1473

DCCECE Phone Number

501-682-8590
Fax: 501-682-2317

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