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Expansion of At-Risk Afterschool Meals


Important Notice: CACFP Program Moved to CDSS

The Early Childhood Development Act of 2020 (Senate Bill (SB) 98, Chapter 24, Statutes of 2020) authorized the transfer of child care and development programs administered by the California Department of Education to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) effective July 1, 2021. The content on this page may not be current and involves the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that has moved to CDSS. Visit the CDSS CACFP web page External link opens in new window or tab. or call 1-833-559-2420 for more information.

Nutrition Services Division

To: Child and Adult Care Food Program - Independent Centers and Sponsoring Organizations

Number: USDA-CACFP-02-2011

Attention: Food Program Director

Date: January 2011

Subject: Expansion of At-Risk Afterschool Meals in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Reference: United States Department of Agriculture Policy Memo CACFP 04-2011; CACFP Regulations, Title 7 Code of Federal Regulations 226.17(a)

This Management Bulletin (MB) announces the expansion of eligibility for at-risk afterschool meal reimbursement under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Act) signed by the President of the United States on December 12, 2010. This MB provides guidance to centers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) on how to implement this exciting expansion.

Previously, reimbursement for at-risk afterschool snacks was available in all states; however, only 14 designated states were allowed to reimburse for meals, typically suppers, in afterschool care programs. The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1766[r]) now includes language that extends eligibility for at-risk afterschool meal reimbursements to all states participating in the CACFP.

Effective October 1, 2010, all institutions participating in the at-risk afterschool care component of the CACFP are eligible to claim reimbursement at the free rate for up to one snack and one meal served to each eligible participant per day. At-risk afterschool meals and snacks must be served free of charge (7 CFR 226.17a[j]) and will be reimbursed at the applicable free rates (7 CFR 226.17a[n]). You can find additional guidance regarding the implementation of an afterschool meal program on the United States Department of Agriculture’s Afterschool Programs Web page at https://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/care/afterschool.htm [Note: the preceeding URL is no longer available].

Please note that the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) does not currently permit claiming for the new meal allowance for agencies participating in the at-risk afterschool care component of the CACFP. The California Department of Education (CDE) will notify all agencies when the CNIPS is modified to accommodate this change in regulation. The CDE will announce the deadline for final amended claims at that time. Agencies with documentation showing they served a reimbursable meal to eligible children on or after October 1 may amend their claims to obtain retroactive reimbursement once changes are made to the CNIPS.

If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact the CACFP specialist assigned to your agency in the CNIPS. You will find a list of contact information for specialists in the Download Forms section of the CNIPS. You can also contact the Help Desk at 800-952-5609, option 6.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, June 10, 2021
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