Afterschool Meals & Snacks: The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

To participate, your program must:

  • Operate within a school attendance area where at least 50% of children are eligible for free and reduced lunches.

  • Offer educational or enrichment activities after the regular school day ends or on week- ends and holidays, during times of the year when school is in session. Because of this requirement, athletic programs that compete in leagues and do not have other activities do not qualify to serve meals.

It pays to serve Afterschool meals:
If you already spend money on food, the Afterschool meal program can save you money. If you do not already offer food, reimbursement for meals served will provide funding to add meals to your program. Each supper is reimbursed at $3.23; snacks, at $.88. In addition, sponsors are eligible to receive USDA commodities or cash in lieu from the USDA Foods program ($.2325/supper).

Meeting Nutrition Guidelines for Afterschool Meals:
All meals served through the Child and Adult Care Food Program must meet USDA nutritional guidelines. Afterschool meals must include all of the following:

  • 1 serving of fluid milk

  • 1 servings of fruit

  • 1 serving of vegetable

  • 1 serving of grains

  • 1 serving of protein

Meals can be hot or cold and can be as simple as a turkey sandwich, cucumber slices, an apple and a carton of low-fat milk. Snacks must include two of the five components.

Who Serves Afterschool Meals?
The Afterschool meal program works best for schools that are interested in serving meals, local government agencies and afterschool programs run by non-profits.

Examples of Afterschool Meal Programs in Vermont include:

  • The Winooski Teen Center

  • TheBoys & Girls Clubs of Brattleboro, Rutland and Burlington

  • Jamaica Village School

  • The Isle La Motte School District