At-Risk, Afterschool Program

Program description - Eligibility requirements - Meal requirements

Reimbursement - Reporting and recordkeeping - How to apply

Click here for the brochure “Missouri’s At-Risk, Afterschool Program.”

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Program Description

Eligible public and private organizations may participate in the At-Risk, Afterschool Program through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CACFP provides funding for snacks and suppers in organized afterschool 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), afterschool 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. Afterschool 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).

Site Eligibility Requirements

Additional Requirements

Afterschool 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 afterschool 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 Afterschool 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, afterschool programs participating in the At-Risk, Afterschool 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.

At-Risk Afterschool Care Centers