The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) released its first ever report on participation data in the Afterschool Nutrition Programs, titled Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation. The report highlights the benefits of the programs and identifies strategies to reach more low-income children. A striking statistic in the report shows that nearly 1.1 million low-income children benefited from afterschool suppers in October 2016, which was up significantly from the 200,000 children served in October 2011.
Federally funded afterschool meals participation data can be found in the report for both the entire nation and for each state. Even though the numbers have drastically gone up over the years, still only one child for every 20 low-income children who participated in school lunch in October 2016 received an afterschool supper, so there is still much room for improvement and many more children to reach.