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After School Snack Program

The After School Snack Program is designed to provide nutritious snacks for students up to the age of 18 who participate in supervised after school programs. Good nutrition is essential to full physical and cognitive development and after school snacks help children get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow.

Schools eligible to participate in the Afterschool Snack Program must provide regularly scheduled educational or enrichment activities in a structured environment. Educational or enrichment activities could include arts and crafts, homework assistance, life skills, and computer or remedial education. Competitive sports are not eligible activities. However, after school care programs that include a sports activity as part of their enrichment program may be eligible. The Food and Nutrition Services office can help you to determine if an activity qualifies for participation.

Snacks served in this program must meet the nutritional requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture. Each snack contains at least two items. Some examples include bagels with cream cheese and milk or orange juice; cheese and crackers with milk or orange juice; or baby carrots with dip, cookies and milk.

In some locations all students can receive the snack free because the site is located in the attendance area of a school in which at least 50% of the enrolled students are eligible for free and reduced price meals. At locations that are not area eligible, students can receive meals based on each student’s meal status --- free, reduced or paid. Schools may have grant funding to cover the cost of the snacks so all students may eat at no cost.

To start an After School Snack Program, contact the Division of Food and Nutrition Services and ask to talk to the food service supervisor for the school where the snack program will be located. The food service supervisor will also share information on specific reporting and recordkeeping requirements to maintain program compliance. For more information, please call 301-284-4900.

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