CACFP meals and
snacks give a nutritional boost to children, including teenagers
through age 18, in eligible afterschool programs
in lower income areas in every state.
combine meals and activities after school?
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
and snacks draw children and
teenagers into constructive activities that are safe, fun, and
filled with opportunities for learning. The food gives them the
nutrition they need to learn and grow.
afterschool programs can participate?
USDA provides reimbursement for meals and snacks served in
afterschool programs that:
Are located at sites
where at least half of the children in the school
attendance area are eligible for free and reduced price school
Offer educational or
enrichment activities, after the regular school day ends or on
week-ends and holidays, during times of the year when school is in session.
health, or safety codes that are required by state or local
balanced meals and snacks that meet
USDA’s nutrition standards, with foods like milk, meat,
vegetables, fruit, and bread.
is eligible for afterschool meals?
meals and snacks can be served to children, including teenagers age 18 or
under at the start of the school year.
There are no application forms for parents or guardians to fill
out. All afterschool meals and snacks are served in group settings, at
no cost to the child or to the child’s parents or guardians.
are afterschool programs reimbursed?
provides cash payments and USDA foods. It gives afterschool programs a steady source of funds, and frees up resources
that can be used for other activities.
Eligible programs may choose cash instead of USDA foods (22.75
cents for each supper). As of July 1, 2012, the payment rates
for meals (in U.S. dollars) are:
school-based programs provide CACFP meals?
afterschool programs located in schools are eligible, as long
as they meet CACFP requirements and are approved to
meals reimbursable during summer vacation?
is available to afterschool programs only during the school
year when classes are in session. To provide meals in summer, ask
your State Agency about USDA’s
Food Service Program.
can you get more information?
The at-risk afterschool component of CACFP is administered by
To learn more, contact your
CACFP State Agency.