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Information and resources about healthy snacks, nutrition education, and physical activity for after school programs.

Reimbursable Snack & Meal Programs

Federally Reimbursable Snack & Meal Programs
This convenient chart highlights key components of the federally reimbursable snack and meal programs to assist After School Programs in deciding which program is the best fit.

Making the Most of Child Nutrition Funding: A Guide for After School Education and Safety Grantees External link opens in new window or tab.
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) developed this California-specific guide to help grantees understand the basics of the child nutrition programs. It offers suggestions on which nutrition programs make the most sense in which circumstances, and provides tips on how to operate the nutrition programs successfully.

Healthy Snacks: Guides, Resources and Training Opportunities

Snack & Meal Standards for After School Programs
This fact sheet identifies the federal reimbursable snack requirements as well as the state nutrition standards for snacks and meals offered in after school programs.

Visit the California After School Resource Center External link opens in new window or tab. for online courses and resources on healthy snacks, nutrition education, physical activity, and related workshop opportunities.

CANFit's Healthy Snack Guide for Your After School Program External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) provides menus using foods that can be easily obtained at convenience stores and that fall within the federal reimbursement rate budget. There are also two-week sample cycle menus, their Best Practice Guidelines and 26 healthy recipes.

Project LEAN’s School Food Calculator External link opens in new window or tab. allows you to enter nutrition data on snack items to determine if those items meet the California nutrition standards.

The Center for Collaborative Solutions (CCS) has developed and implemented a multi-year Healthy Behaviors Initiative External link opens in new window or tab. to help after school programs improve the health of children and families in after school programs through improved nutrition, improved physical activity and increased food security. CCS has resources, learning centers, and training opportunities.

FRAC’s Afterschool Resource Center External link opens in new window or tab. provides a variety of information including best practices, outreach materials, tools, and strategies to help afterschool providers and anti-hunger advocates get more healthy snacks and meals to children.

For more information on after school programs, visit Before & After School.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
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