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Afterschool Snack Program


Afterschool Snack

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) offers reimbursement to help schools serve snacks to children after their regular school day ends. Afterschool snacks give children a nutritional boost and draw them into supervised activities that are safe, fun and filled with learning opportunities.  In the Afterschool Snack Program, participating students are claimed by eligibility category (free, reduced, or paid) when a reimbursable snack is selected.

Area Eligible Afterschool Snack

An Afterschool Snack Program can participate as "area eligible" if it is located at a school or in the attendance area of a school where at least 50 percent of the enrolled children are eligible for free or reduced price meals.  In an Area Eligible Afterschool Snack Program, all participating students are claimed in the free eligibility category when a reimbursable snack is selected. Programs must qualify annually.


Programs that provide care after the school day may be eligible for USDA reimbursement for snacks served to children through age 18. To be eligible for reimbursement, afterschool care programs must meet the criteria below and as outlined in the USDA Question and Answers. The information in the document below titled 'Fact Sheet: Athletic Programs and Afterschool Meal Service' supersedes question #2 in the USDA Questions and Answer document for eligibility. 

  • Provides educational or enrichment activities in an organized, structured, and supervised environment
  • Activities must occur after the end of the school day during the school year. 
  • USDA Questions and Answers

Schools may also be eligible for reimbursement for afterschool snacks under CACFP.

Meal Pattern
Production Records
Sample Menus

Snack Count Sheets (Point of Service Records)

Afterschool Snack Program

Monthly Snack Participation Record for Non-Area Eligible Sites

Area Eligible Afterschool Snack Program

Snack Menu, Production and Meal Count Record
Daily Snack Count Form for Area Eligible Sites

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 National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and Child and Adult Care Food Program (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.