After School Snack Program
The Afterschool Snack Program (ASP) became an
official part of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) on October 1, 1998.
The ASP provides snacks to children participating in eligible programs after
their regular school day is completed.
How does it work?
ASP is a federal reimbursement program established by the United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program provides reimbursement to sponsors
for snacks that meet federal meal pattern requirements. The ASP must be district
operated; retaining financial and management responsibilities for the program,
and snacks must be claimed through the food service department
Who may participate?
school, public or private, Residential Child Care Institutions, or Boarding
Schools that participates in the NSLP may participate in the ASP. The program
must provide children with regularly scheduled educational or enrichment
activities in a supervised environment. Organized, interscholastic athletic
programs are not eligible to participate in the program.
How do children qualify for free or
reduced price snacks?
Eligibility for the Regular ASP is based on
the same income guidelines as the NSLP, which determines reimbursement in paid,
free, and reduced price categories.
The Area Eligible ASP provides the snack free to
all children in a qualified attendance area. A qualified attendance area is
eligible for this program if the site has 50% or more of the enrolled children
approved for free and reduced price meals.
What are the snack
To qualify for
reimbursement, ASP snacks must meet federal requirements. Afterschool
snacks must include at least two servings of different foods from these
four components: Fluid milk, meat/meat alternate, vegetable/fruit, and
whole or enriched grain. Serving sizes vary based on the grade level of
the students. One snack per day may be claimed for reimbursement.
More information may be found on the USDA After School Snack Fact SheetOpens In A New Window.