Afterschool Snacks and Meals

Did you know?!?!…

Your Afterschool and Summer Programs can provide

Snacks and Supper?!?!

 

 

Learn more by exploring the documents and links provided here. Questions? Let us know!

 

 

 

There are two federal Afterschool Nutrition Programs — the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) — that provide funding to serve suppers and snacks to children in Afterschool and Summer School!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides the funding for these programs through a state agency in each state, usually the state department of education, health, or agriculture.

The CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Supper and Snack Program reimburses public and private nonprofit schools, local government agencies, and private nonprofits for providing a supper, snack, or both to children 18 years old and younger who participate in educational or enrichment programming after school, on weekends, and during school holidays throughout the school year.

For-profit centers also may be able to participate if they meet additional requirements. Eligible entities can provide suppers and snacks at one or multiple sites. For example, a school, park and recreation department, or food bank can provide meals, snacks, or both at multiple sites throughout the community. To qualify, each site must be located in the attendance area of an elementary, middle, or high school that has at least 50 percent of its enrollment certified for free or reduced-price school meals. Sites can include schools, recreation centers, YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs, Community and Faith-based organizations, and other locations where Afterschool and Summer programming are being offered to children.

National School Lunch Program (NSLP) reimburses public and private nonprofit schools for providing snacks (but not suppers) to children 18 years old and younger who participate in school-sponsored educational or enrichment programming. Schools designate which Afterschool programs in the community they are sponsoring. The Afterschool program does not need to be operated by a school or be located on school grounds in order to receive NSLP snacks. Similar to the CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Supper and Snack Program, a site is eligible to participate in NSLP — and have meals reimbursed at the free rate — if it is located in the attendance area of a school that has at least 50 percent of its enrollment certified for free or reduced-price school meals. If the site is not located in an eligible area, the site can still participate, but the reimbursement rate is based on the participating children’s eligibility for free or reduced-price school meals.

 

Guidance and Logistics

Below are the Handbooks, links, and resources provided by the USDA for accessibility and implementation standards.

Remember with any initiative intended to bring ‘good’ to the lives of kids, there are always a multitude of methods and ways to navigate the waters that may appear to be barriers or impediments!

Sometimes it takes strategic planning and problem solving regarding hurdles. We are here to help you think through processes; and so is Kimberlei Ruggles at the ALSDE.

Let us know! Contact us or Kimberlei. kruggles@alsde.edu 

 

Handbooks and Guidance

At-Risk Afterschool Meals Guide - USDA.pdf

At-Risk Afterschool Meals Guide 2 - USDA.pdf

 

Latest Update – Fall 2019

Afterschool Snack & Meals Report -10.19.pdf

 

Related Links and Resources

USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program

USDA At-Risk Afterschool Care Handbook

USDA Nutrition Standards for CACFP Meals and Snacks

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