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Afterschool Programs

The Afterschool Program was established by Section 102(d) of Public Law 105-336 to provide nutritious snacks for children involved. Programs that provide care after the school day ends may be eligible for USDA reimbursement for meals and a snack served to children through age 18. A meal and a snacks can be provided by Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and a snack can be provided through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The criteria are slightly different for participation under CACFP and NSLP, so review both options carefully to determine which is best for your situation.


CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Care Handbook - USDA handbook covers eligibility and administration of the CACFP At-Risk Program.

Comparing the Afterschool Child Nutrition Programs - Chart compares eligibility, recordkeeping, and other provisions of the NSLP Afterschool Snack Program CACFP At-Risk Program, and CACFP Outside School Hours Child Care Program. 

CACFP Afterschool Care Program

NSLP Afterschool Snack Program