Afterschool Snack Program

School sites participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible to receive reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for after-school snacks served to children in after-school educational or enrichment activities (such as mentoring or tutoring programs).

Any school can offer the Afterschool Snack program at sites that sponsor an after-school program, but different levels of reimbursement are available depending on site eligibility. Schools are reimbursed either for all snacks served if a site is area eligible (at least 50 percent free and reduced-price lunch eligibility) or by individual eligibility category if a site has less than 50 percent free and reduced-price lunch eligibility.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) memos contain additional information on the Afterschool Snack Program.

Videos

Afterschool Snack Program Basics (20 minutes)
School nutrition programs offering afterschool enrichment and educational program can provide snacks to participants of those programs. Afterschool Snack program requirements are presented in this video. Key Areas: Nutrition, Operations. Learning Codes: 1100, 2100

  • Safe Food Transportation, Storage and Handling - 10/22/19
    Standard operating procedure for foods transported, stored and handled in the Afterschool Snack Program.
  • Afterschool Snack Program Fact Sheet - 9/30/19
    This document provides an overview of the requirements for the Afterschool Snack Program.
  • Meal Pattern - 9/30/19
    Meal pattern requirements for the Afterschool Snack component of the National School Lunch Program.
  • Sample Cycle Menu - 9/30/19
    A sample cycle menu for the Afterschool Snack Program.
  • Snack Count Form for Area Eligible Sites - 9/25/19
    This Afterschool snack count form is to be used by area eligible sites only.
  • Food Production Record - 8/23/19
    Food production record and instructions for use with the Afterschool Snack Program.
  • Public School List with Percentage of Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Students from School Year 2018-19 - 4/16/19
    To be used to identify schools that have 50% or more free and reduced students qualifying the school as eligible based on school data. Eligibility applies to the 2020 Program Year for the Summer Food Service and Seamless Summer Program (May 2019-April 2020), Afterschool Snack (July 2019-June 2020), and the Child and Adult Care Food (October 2019-September 2020). Family Day Care Home eligibility is re-determined in February 2019 using this data.
  • On-Site Review Form - 1/24/19
    A form for sponsors to monitor the meal counting and claiming system for the after-school care program at each site.
  • Weekly Attendance and Snack Count Form - 6/9/15
    Form for sponsors that are not area eligible (snacks are reimbursed according to free, reduced-price, and full paid status when less than 50 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals) to record weekly attendance and snack counts for the Afterschool Snack Program.