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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.


USDA Afterschool Care Snack Program Handbook for School Programs - Provides information on program operations.

Comparing the NSLP Afterschool Snack Program and CACFP At-Risk Program - Chart comparing eligibility, recordkeeping, and other requirements of the NSLP Afterschool Snack Program and CACFP At-Risk Program.

CACFP Afterschool Care Program

NSLP Afterschool Snack Program

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on July 11, 2020 at 8:11pm.