Camden Robbins, R.D., L.D., SNS
About the After School Snack Program
The National School Lunch Program offers cash reimbursement to help schools serve snacks to children in afterschool activities aimed at promoting the health and well being of children and youth in our communities. A school must provide children with regularly scheduled activities in an organized, structured and supervised environment; include educational or enrichment activities (e.g., mentoring or tutoring programs). All programs that meet the eligibility requirements can participate in the National School Lunch Program and receive USDA reimbursement for afterschool snacks.
About the At Risk Meals Program
The At-Risk Afterschool Meals component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) offers Federal funding to Afterschool Programs that serve a meal or snack to children in low-income areas. This program allows schools to offer snacks and/or supper meals afterschool and when school is not in session.
When school is out and parents are still at work, children need a safe place to be with their friends, with structured activities, and supportive adults. Afterschool programs that serve meals or snacks draw children and teenagers into constructive activities that are safe, fun, and filled with opportunities for learning. The meals and snacks give them the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow.
Afterschool meals are increasingly important because more and more children are spending long hours in afterschool programs while their parents are working. The children may require more than a snack to sustain them throughout the afternoon and early evening. In some cases, the food a child receives at an afterschool program might be their only meal until the next school day.