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.