Afterschool Snack Program

Boys with Apples

Afterschool snacks help ensure that children receive the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow. Organized, structured, and supervised programs that provide snacks allow children to think and behave better, and help them make the grade!

At-Risk Afterschool Meals: A Child and Adult Care Food Program Handbook (PDF | 760 KB)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

This handbook addresses CACFP requirements for at-risk afterschool care programs. Includes information on eligibility, application procedures, meal pattern requirements, reimbursement, record keeping, and monitoring.

Cornell Healthy After-School Environment (CHASE) Self-Assessment Tool (DOC | 504 KB)

Cornell University Division of Nutritional Sciences.

This tool can be used to help after-school staff reflect upon their practices and generate ideas for how to create healthier food and activity environments. This document includes the cover page, instructions and the actual tool.

Afterschool Care Program: NSLP Snack Service Best Practices

National Food Service Management Institute.

Using a standard list of best practices as a benchmark is one way School Nutrition Program (SNP) directors can identify areas for improvement in the NSLP snack service.

Fact Sheet: Afterschool Snacks in the National School Lunch Program

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Provides answers to frequently asked questions about serving afterschool snacks as part of the National School Lunch Program.

Afterschool Snacking Toolkit

School Nutrition Association.

The Afterschool Snack Program can help you fill the gap between students’ lunches and evening meals and fill it with reimbursable, nutritious afterschool snacks. This toolkit provides everything you need to know to start a new afterschool snack service – or to enhance your existing afterschool snack offerings.