School sites participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible to receive reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for afterschool snacks served to children in afterschool educational or enrichment activities (such as mentoring or tutoring programs). Competitive interscholastic sports teams are not an eligible afterschool program. The programs must meet state or local licensing requirements and health and safety standards. Reimbursable snacks must meet the USDA meal pattern for snacks.
The USDA and the National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) provide helpful documents related to Afterschool Snacks. Descriptions are below; links are provided in the resources section.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Memos
- After School Care Snacks Cycle Menus - Four weeks of sample menus for traditional kitchens and for sites with limited kitchen facilities.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Afterschool Snacks Served in the National School Lunch Program.
- Afterschool Care Program NSLP Snack Service Best Practices - Checklist of quality indicators associated with afterschool snack program services under the guidelines of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
- Issues Related to Implementation of the Afterschool Snack Service - A report on research done in operational settings to identify and record the perspectives and concerns of school foodservice directors who implemented reimbursable snacks as part of the afterschool care program.
Links to key USDA memos and resources on Afterschool Snacks are provided below.