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Child Nutrition Information

Child Nutrition Services
23 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0023
(207)624-6842
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Child Nutrition > Programs > After School Snack

 

 

 

After School Snack Program (USDA)


Forms and Guidance for After School Snack Program

 

After School Snack Program Meal Pattern

(Select Two Different Components)

 

Component

Ages

1 and 2

Ages

3 Through 5

Ages 6

Through 12

Milk

 

½ cup

 

½ cup

 

1 cup

Vegetables and Fruits

 

½ cup

 

½ cup

 

3/4 cup

 

Grains and Breads¹

 

Bread

or

Cornbread, biscuits, rolls, muffins, etc.

or

Cold dry cereal²

or

Hot cooked cereal

or

Cooked pasta or noodle products

 

 

 

½ cup

½ serving

¼ cup or 1/3 ounce

¼ cup

¼ cup

 

 

 

 

½ slice

½ serving

1/3 cup or ½ ounce

¼ cup

¼ cup

 

 

 

1 slice

1 serving

¾ cup or 1 ounce

½ cup

½ cup

½ cup

Meat and Meat Alternates

Lean meat or poultry or fish³

or

Cheese

or

Eggs

or

Cooked dry beans or peas

or

Peanut butter or soy nut butter or other nut or seed butters

or

Peanuts or soy nuts or tree nuts or seeds

or

Plain yogurt or sweetened and flavored

 

 

 ½ ounce

½ ounce

½ egg

1/8 cup

1 tbsp.




½ ounce

 

2 oz. or ¼ cup

 

 

 ½ ounce

½ ounce

½ egg

1/8 cup

1 tbsp.

 


½ ounce

 

2 oz. or ¼ cup

 

 

  1 ounce

1 ounce

1 egg

¼ cup

2 tbsp.

 


1 ounce

 

4 oz. or ½ cup

 

¹Bread, Pasta or noodle products, and cereal grains must be whole-grain or enriched or fortified

²Either by volume (cup) or weight (ounce), whichever is less

³Edible portion as served

 

Eligible Programs

To qualify for reimbursement for snacks, an after school care program must meet the following criteria:

  • The program must be administered by the LEA operating the National School Lunch Program.

  • The purpose of the program must be to provide care in an after school setting and must include regularly scheduled, structured, and supervised activities.

  • The program must include educational or enrichment activities. Any extracurricular activities can qualify under this provision only if their basic purpose is to provide after school care. Examples of these activities may include the school choir, debate team, drama society, etc.

  • After school care programs that are designed to accommodate special needs may be eligible to participate.

  • Programs that include supervised athletic activities may participate, provided the athletic activity is open to all and does not limit membership for reason other than space or security.

  • The after school program must be operated by the LEA and not some other organization, although the school does not have to use its personnel or regular school facilities.

  • The LEA must retain final administrative and management responsibility for the program including the program site.

  • The LEA for the school must enter into an agreement with the Maine Department of Education and must assume full responsibility for meeting all program requirements, although the LEA may arrange with another organization, such as a PTA, to operate the after school program.

Ineligible Programs

  • Interscholastic sports or other organized athletic programs/teams/leagues unless the program is open to all students and the basic purpose is after school care.
  • Head Start Programs, because they are not after school care programs. Snacks may be served to these children only after their regular school hours.

Eligible Sites

  • The Site must meet State or local health and safety standards.

  • The Site must be administered by the LEA for the after school program.

 

Ineligible Sites

  • LEAs participating only in the Special Milk Program are not eligible.

  • Nonprofit sites that receive vended snacks from an LEA.

Ineligible Snack Times

  • Snacks that are served before or during the child's school day may not be claimed for reimbursement.

  • A child's eligibility begins when his or her school day ends, not necessarily when school ends in the building. Therefore, a half-day kindergarten student in an after school care program may be served snacks while older students are still in session.

  • Snacks on weekends, holidays or during vacations may not be claimed.

 

Record Keeping

LEA's that choose to claim reimbursement for snacks must maintain the following records:

  • Rosters or sign-in sheets

  • Daily meal counts/check off sheet

    • All free at area-eligible schools

    • By category at schools not designated as area-eligible

  • Production records and Menus

  • Two required reviews

  • First 4 weeks of school/date the afterschool snack program started

  • 2nd review during the school year

  • Afterschool Snack Program Checklist and any additional documentation qualifying each afterschool care program to participate in the afterschool snack program

Claims

  • Claims will be submitted electronically through the regular claim process.

After School Snack Training

 

After School Snack Program Forms