The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) has an At-Risk Afterschool Snack/Supper component that provides funding to afterschool programs serving healthy meals and snacks to children and teens.
Why Operate CACFP?
For kids who might not have a meal waiting for them at home, CACFP At-Risk Afterschool programs can make sure that lunch is never the last meal of the day. In addition to providing much-needed nutrition, afterschool meal programs also offer a safe and healthy environment for students to connect, eat together, and participate in enrichment activities.
Legislation: Schools in which at least 50% of students qualified for a free or reduced-price lunch in the most recent ED534 report are required to participate in the Federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
This program is only available to schools that have a F/R rate of at least 50%. If you do not qualify but still want to offer afterschool snacks, check out the NSLP Afterschool Snack Service.
Child Care Centers may also participate in CACFP – visit the Maine DOE website for more information.
Part of participating in the CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program is offering an open-to-all educational or enrichment program. Here are some examples of enrichment activities from Maine CACFP sponsors:
- Homework assistance
- Nutrition education (staff-led or with support from SNAP-Ed, 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go, or FoodCorps)
- Arts & crafts (staff-led or through partnering with ArtVan)
- Civil Rights Club
- Dance & movement classes
- Partnering with JMG to offer career development
Tip: Full Plates’ Oakhurst Afterschool Meals Grant can help fund these enrichment programs!
- Full Plates’ Oakhurst Afterschool Meals Grant Program
- National CACFP Week
- Team Nutrition: Recipes, Meal Planning, Nutrition Education, and more