Meal BREAKS turns
snacks into meals

“Enhanced Snacks” are simple solution
for afterschool programs

Afterschool Solutions

Simple Afterschool Solution: Meal BREAKS

When you’re dealing with hungry children afterschool, E S Foods’ packaged Meal BREAKS and other Protein Innovations are the turnkey solution. Meal BREAKS let you feed children where they are, with self-contained meals. These are available in three options: Shelf Stable, Thaw & Serve, and new Hot Meal BREAKS.

Our new Hot Meal BREAKS are the answer to our customers’ request for more ‘home-style’ hot meals that are easy to heat and serve. We know you don’t always have access to typical school cafeteria serving options for afterschool programs, so we kept the cooking easy for these tasty times. Now available in six varieties: Spaghetti & Meat Sauce, Macaroni & Meat Sauce, Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Chicken Teriyaki with Vegetables over Fried Rice, Macaroni & Cheese with Carrots. Anaheim Chicken Burrito Bowl.

Keep it simple. Instead of handing kids a snack and a juice, hand them a Meal BREAKS meal kit and a milk and get four times the reimbursement. No need for extra labor, and by using Meal BREAKS you are assured the child is taking everything he or she needs to qualify as a reimbursable meal. More food for the student, more money for the school. Everyone wins!


Hot Macaroni & Beef

Hot Macaroni & Cheese with Carrots

Hot Anaheim Chicken Burrito Bowl

Hot Lasagna with Meat Sauce


Afterschool Solutions—All are Smart Snack Compliant

It may sound too good to be true, but the research supports it. There is a simple way to increase reimbursement by as much as four times: offering “enhanced snacks.” By upgrading afterschool snacks to meals, reimbursements increase from $0.84 to $3.31 per meal. Our Meal Breaks are one easy way to turn snacks into meals. E S Foods also offers a variety of snack options including whole wheat crackers, granola and animal crackers – all peanut free and whole grain rich. Our new Cheese Singles are a great option here too.


From Snack to Meal . . It’s Simple Math

The math is straightforward. The current reimbursement for the afterschool meal program is $3.31 per meal. That is four times greater than the snack reimbursement. ALL children who participate in a qualified afterschool program in a low-income area qualify for a meal at full reimbursement. Meals may be served in the same spot/location the snack was offered.

Next Steps

What are the next steps? Consider E S Foods as a resource to convert from snack to a complete meal. We can work together to combine any of our Meal BREAKS or other Protein Innovations to create your cycle menu.

As part of our goal to help feed hungry children, E S Foods has taken its expertise in school foodservice and expanded it to community outreach efforts. E S Foods currently provides meals to schools, community centers, camps and many other youth organizations nationwide for afterschool and summer feeding programs.