YMCA afterschool programs can receive cash
What kind of food reimbursements for serving nutritious snacks.
should we serve? How to get…
A snack must include at least two
Good nutrition is essential for full physical and
of the following: cognitive development.
One serving of milk
One serving of fruits and/or
A fterschool Afterschool
Serving snacks after school helps children get the
One serving of grains
nutrition they need to learn, play and grow. Snacks at
◊ One serving of protein
C hildren Your YMCA
A snack could be as easy as Children up to age 18 can get snacks through the
CACFP Afterschool Snack Program.
- Celery and peanut butter
- A banana and milk
- Cheese and an apple K nowledge
Programs that provide nutritious snacks after school
With or without kitchen facilities, can improve student performance.
you can provide great snacks for
children. S tate child nutrition agency
To learn more about serving snacks at your YMCA,
Snacks also provide an important contact your state child nutrition agency.
opportunity for children to eat fresh
fruits and vegetables.
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What is the Afterschool Would our YMCA qualify? How much funding would
Snack Program? we receive?
To participate in the CACFP Afterschool Snack
Program, your YMCA must: ◊ The snack reimbursement is 68
It provides federal funds to afterschool
cents per snack (2008 rate). The
programs run by YMCAs to serve snacks
◊ Be operated by a private nonprofit rates are adjusted every July.
to children age 18 and under. The
organization. A school or local government
snacks can be served at any time during
agency can participate as well. ◊ A program serving a snack to 50
the afterschool program.
children 5 afternoons a week during
◊ Be located in a low-income area or serve the school year could receive
Why should our low-income children. Your state child around $6,100 per year. With
nutrition agency can tell you whether or each new child the program would
YMCA participate? not you qualify. receive an additional $122 per
◊ Offer educational or enrichment activities.
Participation allows you to:
◊ Be licensed if state law requires it. How do we get
◊ Attract more children to your
afterschool program. Otherwise, your program must meet state started?
◊ Improve the health and well-being of and local health and safety standards.
the children you serve. To participate in the CACFP
◊ Ensure that the children are more Who prepares the snacks? Afterschool Snack Program, call your state
alert and can fully benefit from the child nutrition agency, typically located in
Your YMCA can either prepare the snacks or
educational and enrichment activities your state department of education.
contract with a local vendor to prepare and
your YMCA offers. Contact information for each state agency
drop off the snacks at your site. Your state child
◊ Counter the childhood obesity is listed on FRAC’s Afterschool Resource
nutrition agency can give you information on
epidemic with healthy food and Center at www.frac.org/afterschool.
vendors in your area.
◊ Strengthen the financial
sustainability of your program.