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Point-of-Service for At-Risk, Afterschool Meal

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin
Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information

To: Child and Adult Care Food Program Agencies Operating the At-risk, Afterschool Program

Number: USDA-CACFP-04-2013

Attention: Authorized Representatives and Program Directors

Date: April 2013

Subject: Point-of-Service Meal Requirement for the At-Risk, Afterschool Meal Component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Reference: Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 226.17a(o)

Supersedes: California Department of Education Management Bulletin USDA-CACFP-14-2012

This Management Bulletin (MB) notifies Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) agencies that the California Department of Education (CDE) no longer requires point-of-service meal counts for the at-risk, afterschool meal component of the CACFP. This policy change is effective immediately, and this MB supersedes MB USDA-CACFP-14-2012.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) At-risk, Afterschool Handbook states, “The USDA does not require production records or point-of-service meal counts for the at-risk component of the CACFP, though states may require them.” [Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR), Section 226.17a(o)]. Previously, the CDE requested and received approval from the USDA to require agencies to count the number of children served a meal or a snack at the point a meal or a snack is served. In an effort to streamline requirements, the CDE determined that this is no longer necessary in the at-risk, afterschool meal component of the CACFP.

Action Needed

Sponsors should inform at-risk, afterschool meals staff that point-of-service head counts are no longer required. However, these programs are responsible for keeping accurate records of meals served, including the following:

It is important to note that meal counts are still required, just not at the point of service. The CDE recommends the following:


If you have questions regarding this MB, please contact the CACFP Specialist assigned to your agency. You will find a contact list for specialists in the Download Forms section of the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS). You may also contact Laurie Pennings by phone at 916-324-7133 or by e-mail at

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