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AT-RISK AFTERSCHOOL MEALS PROGRAM

The At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program became an official part of the CACFP on October 1, 1998. The Program provides meals to children participating in eligible programs after the regular school day is completed.

Who may participate under CACFP?
You are eligible to participate in the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program if your child care and related programs are:

  • a licensed child care center or a school building or an approved Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) site;
  • located in an area served by a school in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled children are eligible for free or reduced-priced school meals; and are
  • operating an afterschool program that includes educational or enrichment activities.

How does it work?
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) established the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program in October 1998. It is a federal reimbursement program for snacks and suppers served to school-age children after school. The meals must meet federal meal pattern requirements. You may participate if you are a non-profit or private for profit child care facility or organization, and:

  • Serve the snack and suppers after regular school hours, this includes weekends and holidays during the school year*;
  • Document when snacks and supper are served and to whom;
  • Claim only one snack and supper per child;
  • Serve school-age children up through 18 years; and
  • Serve a snack and supper that meets the meal components.

*If the program operates during the summer when school is not in session, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) may be the program your organization should consider.

What are the snack meal components?
To qualify for reimbursement, the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program sponsors must meet meal pattern requirements that offer school-age children specific amounts of food from two of four food components. The snack components are:

  1. Milk; and/or
  2. Meat/meat alternate; and/or
  3. Fruit/vegetable; and/or
  4. Breads/grains.

What are the supper meal components?
To qualify for reimbursement, the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program sponsors must meet the USDA supper meal pattern requirements for both component and quantity. The supper components are:

  1. Fluid milk; and
  2. Meat/meat alternate; and
  3. Fruit; and
  4. Vegetable; and
  5. Breads/grains.

What is the reimbursement rate?

  • a licensed child care center or a school building or an approved Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) site;
  • located in an area served by a school in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled children are eligible for free or reduced-priced school meals; and are
  • operating an afterschool program that includes educational or enrichment activities.

For additional information, please contact:

Vonda Cooke (Fekete) | Division Chief
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Division of Food and Nutrition
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 800.331.0129
RA-NSLP@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us