After-School Snacks and Suppers in At-Risk Areas

Program description - Eligibility requirements - Meal requirements

Reimbursement - Reporting and recordkeeping - How to apply

Click here for the brochure “Missouri’s After School Snack and Supper program in At-Risk Areas.”

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Program description
Eligible public and private organizations may participate in the at-risk, after school program through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CACFP provides funding for snacks and suppers in organized after school programs. The food program not only benefits children by providing needed nutrition, but has also been shown to help reduce or prevent children's involvement in juvenile crime or other high-risk behaviors.

Eligible facilities must serve meals and snacks meeting program requirements; maintain accurate and complete records; and train center personnel in program requirements and operations.

Eligibility requirements
To be eligible for reimbursement under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), after school programs must meet the following criteria:

Times of Operation
This program applies to snacks and suppers served to children after their school day has ended, not to those served before or during the school day. After-school programs may claim reimbursement for snacks and suppers served on weekends, holidays, and other vacation periods during the regular school year. Programs may not claim reimbursement through this provision when school is not in session (i.e., when school is closed for the summer). There must be two hours allowed between the end of the snack meal service and the start of the supper meal service, if both snack and supper are served.

Site Eligibility Requirements

Additional Requirements
After-school programs wishing to participate under this provision must provide sufficient information to enable the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to determine whether or not the type of program is eligible, and if so, whether or not it qualifies for free reimbursement for after school snacks and suppers based on area eligibility.

Meal requirements
To qualify as a reimbursable meal, each participant must be served, the minimum quantity of food as outlined, by category per meal type, on the At-Risk After School Food Chart. This is referred to as the meal pattern requirement. Menus must contain all the food components in the proper quantity.

The Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs is designed by the USDA to help you buy the right amount of food and help you determine the specific contribution each food makes toward the meal pattern requirements. It also has yield data for more than 1,200 food items.

Reporting and recordkeeping
The intent is to keep any recordkeeping burden to the minimum necessary to ensure that CACFP reimbursement is properly paid. At a minimum, after school programs participating in the at-risk, after school snack and supper program must maintain the following records:

  1. Documentation that the program site is located in an area served by a school in which at least 50 percent of the enrolled students are certified eligible for free or reduced price meals;
  2. A daily count of the total number of snacks and/or suppers served to participating children;
  3. Documentation of individual children's attendance on a daily basis; and
  4. Menus and receipts for the purchase of food and supplies for each snack and/or supper served.

For more information refer to the Orientation & Recordkeeping Workbook for At-Risk After School Care Centers.

How to Apply
Eligible facilities must submit an application with supporting documentation. Pre-approval and orientation visits are required . If the application is approved, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will enter into a contract with the facility to participate in the CACFP.

Five easy steps to become part of the CACFP:

  1. Click here for the application instructions.
  2. There are several forms to print and complete. Copies of several documents must be submitted with your application.
  3. Your application instructions include important program specific information.
  4. When a complete application is received, the applicant will be contacted to schedule a mandatory on-site pre-approval and orientation visit.
  5. Approved applicants will be sent a contract to sign and return before program participation can begin.