Federally Reimbursable Snack and Meal ProgramsThis convenient chart highlights key components of the federally reimbursable snack and meal programs to assist out of school time programs in deciding which meal program is the best fit.
Out of School Time Snack Facts: Federally Reimbursable Snack and Meal Programs
|Criteria||NSLP After-School*||CACFP "At-Risk"*||CACFP*||SFSP|
|Ages||School-age children age 18 and younger||School-age children age 18 and younger||School-age children age 12 and younger||School-age children age 18 and younger|
|Eligibility*||Individual or Site||Site||Individual||Site|
|Time Period||After school||After school, weekends, and school holidays||After school||When school is not in session|
|Days of Service||School days only||Generally during school year||365 days per year but generally during school year||Generally during summer|
|Can program contract with vendor?*||Yes||Yes, especially if no kitchen facilities are available on-site||Yes, especially if no kitchen facilities are available on-site||Yes|
|Snack Reimbursement Rate (2017-18)†||$0.88
(if site is area-eligible)
|3 reimbursement rates (Snack)
3 reimbursement rates (Supper)
|$0.8875 - $0.9075 (Snack)
$3.77 - $3.8325 (Meals)
|Monitoring Oversight by Local Program||2 times per year for each site; first review must occur by the fourth week in operation||3 times per year if a sponsoring organization*||3 times per year if a sponsoring organization*||1st week, then by 4th week, then by March 1, and then one in summer|
|Pros/Cons (from ASP* perspective)||
|Application and Assistance
Nutrition Services Division
† For more information, visit Child Nutrition Reimbursement Rates.
|NSLP After School Snack||Meal Supplements (Snacks) Under the NSLP [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/sn/snack.asp]
Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) [https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/afterschool-snacks]
|Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/cc/mgmb.asp]
FNS, USDA [https://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/afterschool-programs]
California Afterschool Network [https://www.afterschoolnetwork.org/after-school-and-summer-meal-program]
|SFSP||Summer Food Service [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/sf/]
FNS, USDA [https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program]
|ASES||After School Education and Safety Programs receive state funding for ASPs (Visit Before and After School [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ba/]).|
|ASP||After School Program.|
|CACFP||Child and Adult Care Food Program.|
|CBO||Community Based Organization.|
|CCNSP||Community Child Nutrition Snack Project.|
A reimbursable snack must contain full servings of any two of the following four food components. A reimbursable meal must contain full servings of all four components:
For snack, these components may be served in any combination, except that juice may not be served when milk is the only other component. Portion sizes for various age groups can be found in the USDA Food Buying Guide introduction at the USDA Resource Library [https://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/food-buying-guide-for-child-nutrition-programs] page.
|EC Nutrition Standards||Education Code, Chapter 9 of Part 27, Article 2.5, beginning with Section 49430 (ASES &21st Century only): Refer to Education Code 49430-49434 [http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?sectionNum=49430.&lawCode=EDC] for details.|
|Eligibility||Refers to how the after school program qualifies for funding and is reimbursed for the NSLP snack or meal program. Sites that are “area eligible” qualify by being located in a low-income area (50% Free/Reduced-price National School Lunch Program) and receive the highest rate of reimbursement for all snacks/meals served. Snacks served by sites that are not area-eligible are reimbursed based on an individual child’s household income (reference Meal Supplements (Snacks) Under the NSLP [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/sn/snack.asp]).|
|For Profit CBO||Must be operating an existing CACFP child care center to add an at-risk site. For more information, refer to USDA's At-Risk Afterschool Meals Handbook [https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/cacfp/atriskguide2016.pdf ] (PDF)|
|FRAC Afterschool Nutrition Programs||Food Research & Action Center is a national nonprofit organization working to eradicate poverty-related hunger and undernutrition in the United States. Visit their Afterschool Nutrition Programs [http://www.frac.org/programs/afterschool-nutrition-programs] Web page to access resources, including Afterschool Nutrition Standards of Excellence [http://frac.org/wp-content/uploads/afstandards.pdf] (PDF)|
|POS||Point of Service.|
National School Lunch Program.
|SFSP||Summer Food Service Program.|
|Sponsor||Local agency that administers a USDA reimbursable meal program.|
|Training Requirement||Sponsor attends annual Nutrition Services Division training.|
|21st CCLC||21st Century Community Learning Centers receive federal funding for ASPs (reference Before and After School [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ba/]).|
|Vendors||If kitchen facilities are not available on-site, programs usually contract with a vendor. Potential vendors include district school food service departments, community kitchens, food banks, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations, and for-profit companies.|
**Additional meals (breakfast, lunch, and/or supper) can be served under the CACFP At-Risk, the CACFP, and the SFSP. For more information, contact the program specialist.
Note: Nutrition standards are "minimum" standards. All ASPs are encouraged to ensure that students receive a variety of foods over the course of a menu planning cycle, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. ASPs may need to budget additional monies above the amounts provided by "reimbursable" programs to meet the quantity needs of their students, particularly for junior high and high school-aged students. These additional foods must also meet the nutrition requirements of the California Education Code for ASES and 21st CCLC funded programs. "Reimbursable snack and meal" funds may count towards the required "match" under the ASES match.