I am currently working on the preliminary stages of planning an after school music program for kids at an inner city school here in Philadelphia where I live and work. I know that I will need to feed these kids between dismissal and the start of our program, but I really don't want to feed them garbage. My school doesn't have an oven, but does have microwaves. Refrigerator space is at a minimum, so non-perishable foods would be best (things we can pick up at the beginning of the week and have them last to the end of the week.) I'd love items with low sugar, low processing, and low sodium that kids (grades 4-6) will still like.
So what are, in your opinion, the best choices that are also a low cost per student/serving? Remember it has to be nonperishable (I bet we could do fresh fruit one day per week, but that is also a rather high cost.) Is there a solution, or am I stuck with prepackaged fruit bars?
Also, cooking things myself is really not an option.
What say you, Chowhounds?