To ensure that Denver children and youth don't experience hunger due to a lack of food, the Office of Children's Affairs (OCA) is sponsoring the Summer Food Program and the After School Meals Program. Meals are low in fat, preservative free, always come with fresh fruit and provide children with up to 5 food groups. Meals can be breakfast, lunch, supper or a snack. OCA monitors the food distribution sites and conducts training sessions to ensure that all children receive safe and healthy meals to prevent hunger and improve overall health.
Summer Food Program:
The Summer Food Service program is funded through the Colorado Department of Education, Food, and Nutrition Services. Distribution sites will occur at city facilities such as recreation centers and public libraries. The goal is to serve 63,000 meals at 20 sites.
After School Meals Program:
Snacks and supper meals are served in twenty (20) recreation center sites. The goal for the 7 month period between November 2012 and May 2013 is 33,600 meals. The monthly average goal is 4,800 meals. Funding is provided through the Child Care and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for children 18 and younger in low income areas. Sites also provide activities such as homework assistance, sports, music and places where young people can relax in a safe environment.
The overall goal of the Healthy Kids program is to reduce the number of overweight and obese children in Denver by 5 percent (5%) by 2017 (from 34% to 29% in 5 years). See the chart of overweight and obese children. (PDF)