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 it sponsors 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. Refer to the resources below for additional information, forms and requirements.
Links to key USDA memos and resources on Afterschool Snacks are provided below.
- Fact Sheet - Athletic Programs and Afterschool Meal Service
- Streamlining At-Risk Meal Participation for School Food Authorities (SP 09-2013) - How school food authorities can offer afterschool snacks and meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program
- Determining Area Eligibility Based on School Data (SP 06-2013)
- Eligibility of Expanded Learning Programs for Afterschool Snack Service (SP 04-2011)
- Reimbursement for Snacks in After School Care Programs (SP 99-4)
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
Food Production Record - Afterschool Snack Program - 9/26/18
Afterschool Snack Program Fact sheet - 8/22/18
This document provides an overview of the requirements for the Afterschool Snack Program.
School Food Authority (SFA) On-Site Review Form - After-School Snack Program - 7/30/18
A form for sponsors to monitor the meal counting and claiming system for the after-school care program at each site.
Afterschool Snack Meal Pattern - Tray Visual Format - 6/13/18
Afterschool Snack Sample Cycle Menu - 6/7/18
A sample cycle menu for the Afterschool Snack Program.
Safe Food Transportation, Storage and Handling - 5/10/18
Standard operating procedure for foods transported, stored and handled in the Afterschool Snack Program.
Afterschool Snack Program Monthly Attendance and Snack Counts Form for Large Classrooms - 9/29/15
Form for sponsors that are area eligible (all snacks reimbursed at the "free" rate for sites with more than 50 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals) to record monthly attendance and snack counts for the Afterschool Snack Program that have large classroom sizes.
Afterschool Snack Program 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.
Afterschool Snack Program Monthly Attendance and Snack Count Form - 6/9/15
Form for sponsors that are area eligible (all snacks are reimbursed at the “free” rate for sites with more than 50 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals) to record monthly attendance and snack counts for the Afterschool Snack Program.