The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County began its Snack & Supper Program to benefit all Club members on September 12, 2011. This program goes through the entire school year which ends on June 8, 2012. The main funding source for this program is the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is administered by the Florida Department of Health. This afterschool nutrition program at BGCBC also receives United Way of Broward County funding to assist in serving our members at each club.
Supper is served Monday through Friday (during the school year) at all clubs from 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm. When schools are closed supper serving time is from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Recently, West Park City Commission members visited the Carver Ranches Club along with County Commissioner Barbara Sharief and Representative Joe Gibbons to show support for this program.
Nutritionally balanced meals are provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin during the school year at the Clubs. All children, ages 6 -17, must be a registered Boys & Girls Clubs member to be eligible for snacks and suppers at no charge and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. The program is only approved for geographical areas of need where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free and reduced price meals during the school year.
In the first eight weeks of this program, Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County has served more than 40,000 snacks and suppers. Several parents have expressed gratitude and excitement about the Snack & Supper Program. More than 50 percent are from single parent, female headed or male headed households and work long hours. Parents can now spend quality time with their children instead of worrying about what to prepare for dinner. They know their child has already had a nutritious supper while at the Club.