To be eligible for reimbursement under ASP, the program must:
- Be operated by an SFA or RCCI that participates in the NSLP. The SFA must retain financial, administrative, and managerial responsibility of the ASP.
- Provide organized, supervised, and structured activities designed with the purpose of caring for students in an afterschool settings.
- Include educational or enrichment activities for students.
- Be open to all students.
- Operate only after the school day has ended. Snacks cannot be reimbursed in programs operated before or during the school day.
Operate the program only on days school is in session. Snacks are not reimbursable on weekends, holidays, or during school vacations.
The meal pattern for ASP is different in comparison to breakfast and lunch. To determine which meal pattern (K-12 or CACFP) must be followed for participating grades/ages, use the ASP Meal Pattern decision flowchart above.
- K-12 NSLP Meal Pattern for Afterschool Snack
- CACFP Meal Pattern for Afterschool Snack
Point of Service Records for Afterschool Snack:
Point of Service Records for Area Eligible Afterschool Snack Program:
- On-site Monitoring Form
- ASP requires separate on-site monitoring forms to be completed outside of breakfast and lunch. These forms must be completed twice per year. The first on-site monitoring observation must take place within the first four weeks of the program’s start date.
- USDA Questions and Answers
Fact Sheet: Athletic Programs and Afterschool Meal Service - This fact sheet supersedes question #2 in the USDA Questions and Answer document.
Legislation and Purpose
On October 31, 1998, President Clinton signed the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-336). This Act expanded the Department of Agriculture's NSLP and CACFP to provide cash reimbursements for snacks served to children and youth in certain afterschool care programs. This Act demonstrates USDA's commitment to supporting afterschool activities aimed at promoting the health and well being of children and youth in our communities.
- Federal Regulations
- Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Water Availability During National School Lunch Program Meal Service SP21-2011, 07/12/11 (Note question #4 under the Program Questions section addresses water availability requirement for afterschool snacks
- FNS Letter from Under Secretary Concannon addressing questions surrounding the NSLP's new meal pattern requirements including information on calories, afterschool snack programs, and supper programs 10/02/12
- Fact Sheet: Calories in School Meals 10/02/12
- Eligibility of Expanded Learning Time Programs for Afterschool Snack Service in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), 01/21/11, USDA Guidance Memo