For more than four years, Better 4 You Meals (B4YM) has served Southern California charter schools with an extensive variety of food services. Better 4 You Meals serves more than 70,000 meals to students at over 220 schools every day, including breakfast, lunch, and after school supper services.
Any B4YM school that runs after school programs should consider the organization’s after school supper services. For schools already engaged in breakfast and lunch programs, the after school supper service represents an opportunity to ensure that students receive three nutritious meals every day. School supper meals include both hot and cold food, fruit, and various milk and juice options.
Some after school programs may qualify for reimbursements through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At risk After-school Snack/Supper Program, which was designed to promote nutritious eating for children and teenagers. Complete eligibility requirements for the CACFP reimbursement program can be found at www.fns.usda.gov.
Better 4 You Meals was established by charter school leaders in California in response to the lack of breakfast meal services being provided to low-income students in the state. The company serves 70,000 meals per day to over 220 schools in San Bernardino and Los Angeles. Better 4 You Meals uses a fleet of delivery vehicles that are fueled by clean natural gas (CNG), which has a number of benefits over traditional vehicle fuels.
1. Vehicle operators can save as much as 50 percent on their fuel bills by switching to CNG vehicles when compared to diesel and petroleum.
2. CNG vehicles are better for the environment, contributing 25 percent less carbon dioxide than comparable diesel-fueled vehicles, in addition to 50 percent fewer nitrogen oxides.
3. Supplies of CNG are abundant in comparison to oil, with 98 percent of the natural gas used in the United States produced in North America. This results in lower costs for consumers, in addition to contributing more directly to the country’s economy.