Afterschool Snacks, part of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), provides cash reimbursement to schools and residential child care centers to serve snacks to children who participate in afterschool education or enrichment programs.
To be eligible to participate in the afterschool snack program, sponsors must provide educational or enrichment activities in an organized, structured, and supervised environment after the end of the school day. Competitive interscholastic sports teams are not an eligible afterschool program. The school or residential child care center must also operate the lunch component of the NSLP.
In locations deemed area eligible, snacks are served free to all participating children. Area eligible programs are located in the attendance area of a public school (an elementary, middle, or high school) where at least 50 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced price meals under the NSLP. The West Virginia Department of Education has current data for all public schools to help determine area eligibility.
Schools that do not meet the area eligibility criteria may also participate and offer snacks to children based on individual eligibility status (free, reduced price or paid).
Snacks served to children must be nutritious. At a minimum, they must provide at least two different components of the following four: (1) fluid milk; (2) meat or meat alternate; (3) vegetables or fruits or full-strength vegetable or fruit juice; and (4) whole-grain or enriched bread or cereal.
Schools that are area eligible are encouraged to provide meals (i.e. supper) to children as part of their afterschool program; these schools may participate in the CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Snack and Supper Program