LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Several local and national organizations held an after school meals summit Thursday. Many school representatives attended to learn more about helping students.
Thursday's meeting was all about getting more food programs in schools and expanding programs where they already exist. Many schools have enrichment programs where they tutor kids after school and sometimes provide a snack.
Representatives from D.C. and program leaders here in Arkansas said schools can use federal money and grants to expand programs and offer dinner.
According to the state's Hunger Relief Alliance, Arkansas served more than a million meals to students so far this year.
Executive Director Kathy Webb said it's crucial for schools to offer meals.
"A lot of kids, the only meal they eat is at lunch so we want to feed the kids after school so they will do better in school, have better health and have more opportunities as they go through life," explained Webb.
Representatives from schools all over Arkansas came out to apply for grants to fund their programs. The summit also focused on building programs to help students study after the school bell rings.