$1.4 Million Dollar Grant Funds H.P.A.R.D.’s After-School Meal Program

Aug. 20, 2014City of Houston

Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) are happy to announce that the After-School Meal Program will be offered at 76 sites across Houston this year. The After-School Meal program is funded by a $1.4 million grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture (T.D.A.) Child and Adult Care Food Program (C.A.C.F.P.). Sites were approved by the Texas Department of Agriculture based on T.D.A. eligibility requirements which designate eligible areas as those served by a school in which 50% or more of the children are eligible to receive free or reduced-priced meals.

“We are very excited to be able to offer the After-School Meal Program at 76 sites across Houston,” said Mayor Parker. “This program helps address the problem of hunger faced by many school age children in the Houston area. No child should have to go without the nourishment needed to fuel their brains for the demands of learning.”

The Texas Department of Agriculture C.A.C.F.P. program offers free snacks and suppers to youth ages 1 to 18 who participate in H.P.A.R.D.’s programming or at approved partner sites. This program runs during the school year, September 2, 2014 – May 28, 2015.

“We all remember coming home after school and heading for the refrigerator to see what we could snack on,” said Joe Turner, Director, Houston Parks and Recreation Department. “Thanks to this grant, we can make sure that the young people we serve will not go hungry. Our participating community centers and partners will now be able to provide them with free nutritious and healthy snacks and meals.”

Young people, ages 1 to 18, will be served a free snack and supper between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at participating H.P.A.R.D. community centers and approved partner sites. H.P.A.R.D. manages the program for the City of Houston and participating sites are sponsored under H.P.A.R.D.

There are no enrollment requirements for the C.A.C.F.P. program. The facility hosting the program must provide educational or enrichment activities, be open to all children, and not limit participation or membership on the basis of the child’s ability. H.P.A.R.D. accepts registrations throughout the year from groups interested in becoming an After-School Meal Program site. Interested groups that would like to apply to become an After-School Meal Program site should contact Rummeka Allen at (832) 395-7284.

Current participating sites include:

H.P.A.R.D. Community Centers Offering After-School Meal Program

1. Alief Community Center 25. J. Robinson, Jr., Community Center
11903 Bellaire 77072 2020 Hermann 77004
2. Almeda Community Center 26. J. Robinson, Sr., Community Center
14201 Almeda School Road 77047 1422 Ledwicke 77029
3. Bessie Swindle Community Center 27. Lakewood Community Center
11800 Scott 77047 8811 Feland 77028
4. Beverly Hills Community Center 28. Lansdale Community Center
10201 Kingspoint 77075 8201 Roos 77036
5. Burnett-Bayland Community Center 29. Linkwood Community Center
6000 Chimney Rock 77081 3699 Norris 77025
6. Candlelight Community Center 30. Love Community Center
1520 Candlelight 77018 1000 W. 12th Street 77007
7. Carverdale Community Center 31. Marian Community Center
9920 Porto Rico 77041 11101 S. Gessner 77071
8. Charlton Community Center 32. Mason Community Center
8200 Park Place 77017 541 S. 75th Street 77023
9. Cherryhurst Community Center 33. Meadowcreek Community Center
1700 Missouri 77006 5333 Berry Creek 77017
10. Clark Community Center 34. Melrose Community Center
9718 Clark 77076 1001 Canino 77076
11. Clinton Community Center 35. Montie Beach Community Center
200 Mississippi 77029 915 Northwood 77009
12. Crestmont Community Center 36. Moody Community Center
5200 Selinsky 77048 3725 Fulton 77009
13. Denver Harbor Community Center 37. Platou Community Center
6402 Market 77020 11655 Chimney Rock 77053
14. De Zavala Community Center 38. Proctor Plaza Community Center
907 76th Street 77012 803 W. Temple 77009
15. Eastwood Community Center 39. Sagemont Community Center
5000 Harrisburg 77011 11507 Hughes 77089
16. Edgewood Community Center 40. Settegast Community Center
5803 Bellfort 77033 3000 Garrow 77003
17. Emancipation Community Center 41. Shady Lane Community Center
3018 Dowling 77004 10220 Shady Lane 77093
18. Garden Villas Community Center 42. Stude Community Center
6720 S. Haywood 77061 1031 Stude 77009
19. Godwin Community Center 43. Sunnyside Community Center
5101 Rutherglen 77096 3502 Bellfort 77051
20. Hartman Community Center 44. Swiney Community Center
9311 E. Avenue P 77012 2812 Cline 77020
21. Highland Community Center 45. Tidwell Community Center
3316 De Soto 77091 9720 Spaulding 77016
22. Hobart Taylor Community Center 46. Townwood Community Center
8100 Kenton 77028 3403 Simsbrook 77045
23. Independence Hts. Community Center 47. Tuffly Community Center
603 E. 35th Street 77022 3200 Russell 77026
24. Ingrando Community Center 48. Windsor Village Community Center
7302 Keller 77012 14441 Croquet 77085

Other Non-Profit Community Groups Offering After-School Meal Program 

1. Baytown Y.M.C.A. 15. New Covenant Christian Daycare
201 Y.M.C.A. Drive 77521 10603 Blackhawk 77089
2. Bethel’s Christian Academy                          16. Northeast Y.M.C.A.
14442 Fonmeadow 77035 7901 Tidwell 77028
3. Community Family Center 17. Project One Focus
7318 Avenue F 77012 7401 Alabonson 77088
4. Community Partners 18. Reeds Preparatory School
4901 Lockwood 77026 12003 Penn C 77532
5. Haverstock Apartments 19. Red Bluff Kids Inc.
5619 Aldine Bender 77032 5106 Red Bluff 77503
6. Houston Texans Y.M.C.A. 20. SHAPE Community Center
5205 Griggs 77021 3815 Live Oak 77004
7. Julia C. Hester House 21. St. John’s Episcopal Church 
2020 Solo 77020 815 S. Broadway 77571
8. Kid Fit Christian Academy 22. Southwest Y.M.C.A.
12674 Goar 77077 5614 H. Mark Croswell 77021
9. Kuk Sool Won Childcare 23. The Greenhouse Learnng Center
805 Maplewood 77520 10614 Sabo 77089
10. Launch Point C.D.C. #3 24. The Mint Resource Center
9002 Sterlingshire 77078 6700 S. Dairy Ashford 77072
11. Launch Point C.D.C. #4 25. The Ubora School
333 Uvalde 77015 401 Present 77489
12. Light Christian Academy #2 26. Weekly Y.M.C.A. After School
14415 Fondren 77489 7101 Stella Link 77025
13. Lucille Gregg Elementary 27. Y.M.C.A. After School @ M.D. Anderson
6701 Roxbury 77087 705 Cavalcade 77009
14. M.D. Anderson Y.M.C.A. 28. Young Scholars Academy
606 Moody #A 77009 1809 Louisiana 77002

About the Houston Parks and Recreation Department
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) stewards and manages over 37,851 acres of parkland and greenspace for the City of Houston and develops and implements recreational programming for citizens of all abilities. For more information on the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, call (832) 395-7022 or visit www.houstonparks.org.