5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes has introduced a bill to help schools provide meals to children in afterschool care through the National School Lunch Program. Currently, eligible schools can serve snacks to students during afterschool programming, and participation is much lower than that of Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Hayes, a former classroom teacher, says hungry children do not learn, whether its before, during or after school, kids need nutritious meals to thrive. She says the Afterschool Meals Act is a critical way to close the hunger gap many children face between lunch at school one day and breakfast the next. The bill would also provide grants prioritization to existing Child and Adult Care Food Program afterschool meal programs.