After School Snack Program

SERVICE OR PROGRAM: After School Care Snack Program

AUTHORITY: Federal: The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 1998


  • This program provides reimbursement for snacks served to children through age 18, (and to individuals, regardless of age, who are determined by the State agency to be mentally or physically disabled), who participate in programs organized to provide after school care.  The intent of this program is to assist schools to operate organized programs of care which include education or enrichment activities known to help reduce or prevent children's involvement in juvenile crime or other high risk behavior.
  • Sites of after school care programs located in areas served by a school in which at least 50 percent of the enrolled children are certified eligible for free or reduced price meals are eligible to receive reimbursement at the free rate for snacks served to all children eligible for snacks, regardless of each individuals child's eligibility for free or reduced price lunches or breakfasts.
  • Sites which are not in areas served by a school in which at least 50 percent of the enrolled children are served certified eligible for free or reduced price meals must count meals and claim reimbursement by (free, reduced price, and full price), and must have documentation of eligibility for all meals served free or at a reduced price.  (Under no circumstances may a school charge children for snacks claimed at the free reimbursement rate.)  Charges for reduced price snacks may not exceed 15 cents.
  • To be eligible for reimbursement the snacks must comply with the following meal pattern established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
  • You must serve two different components from the four listed:
    • Milk, fluid
    • Meat or meat alternate
    • Juice or fruit or vegetable
    • Bread and/or cereal

ELIGIBLE RECIPIENTS OR PARTICIPANTS: Children through age 18 who attend an after school care program that is run by a school that is eligible to operate the National School Lunch Program.

FUNDING OR GRANTS AVAILABLE: Funding is in the form of reimbursement based on rates assigned per paid, reduced price, and free lunches served to children.

Reimbursement Rates for the current School Year 

ACCESS PROCEDURES: The Department provides schools with the necessary application-agreement forms in August.  Applications should be filed by September 1, but not later than September 15.


Coordinator, Food & Nutrition Services
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102
Telephone: (573) 751-3526