Child Nutrition

After School Snack Program

The After School Snack Program provides reimbursement for snacks served to children who are participating in after school care programs or attending after school care at day care centers. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is administered by the Vermont Agency of Education, Child Nutrition Programs. The After School Snack Program is designed to give children a nutritional boost and draw them into supervised after school activities that are safe, fun and educational. Two federal child nutrition programs provide reimbursement to feed children after school:

National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides reimbursement to school-sponsored after school programs for snacks. A school-sponsored program can be operated by a school (on school grounds or elsewhere). It can also be operated by another organization, such as a Police Athletic League, on or off school grounds, if the school sponsors the program. School-sponsored programs usually participate through NSLP unless they want to serve suppers.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides reimbursement for snacks and, in some cases meals, to after school care programs that are operated by schools, local government agencies, private non-profit organizations, and licensed non-profit and some for-profit child care centers. To participate in the At-Risk CACFP After School Snack Program, the program must be located in a school or geographic area with 50% or more of the enrolled students eligible for free or reduced price school meals. Programs not located in an eligible area are eligible to participate through the traditional CACFP.

After School Snack Program (NSLP) Manual 
This document explains how the After School Snack Program is operated through the National School Lunch Program and provides sample completed forms that are used in the operation of the program.

Additional Program Information

Site Eligibility List for Use in the After School Snack Program (2012-13)
This report provides data for schools to use in determining site or area eligibility for After School Snack programs started between February 1, 2013 and February 1, 2014. All students participating in area eligible or site eligible After School Snack Programs are eligible to receive the snack free of charge, regardless of individual eligibility, and the school will receive free reimbursement for each snack served to these students. Schools not in this document are reimbursed at the free, reduced price, and full-price rates for snacks based on individual student eligibility.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

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Nancy Lewis at or (802) 479-1207

Page Last Updated on August 19, 2015