General Information – At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program

What is the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program:

It is a Federally funded meal program that is organized in safe and structured after school environments.  This program provides opportunities to educational entities and community centers/organizations for the purpose of offering healthy meals and snacks to children and young adults in low-income areas.

Who administers the At-Risk Afterschool meals Program:

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) administers the program nationally.
  • In Arizona, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Health and Nutrition Services (HNS) division, Department of Education (ADE) administers the program.

Who is eligible to participate in the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program:

  • children who attend school, up to 18 years old

What types of organizations may participate (sponsor) the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program:

  • Public Schools, Public Charter, and Private Schools with tax exempt status (must be non-residential)
  • Public and Private Non-profit Organizations
  • Eligible for-profit child care centers
  • Local Government Agencies

Regular Structured, Organized, Educational and Enrichment Activities that qualify may include:

  • Computer and internet education
  • Homework assistance/Tutoring
  • Life/Social Skills training 
  • Arts, Crafts and/or Music
  • Supervised athletic enrichment activity may be eligible but not Team/Competitive sports

What are the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program requirements and qualifications:

  • Must be in an attendance area of a school where at least 50% of the enrolled children are certified for a free or reduced price meal
  • Serve healthy and nutritious meals and snacks based on the USDA meal pattern
  • Eligible sites may claim up to one meal and one snack, per child, per day
  • Meals may be provided on weekends and holidays during the school year
  • Activities must be offered after the end of the school day
  • All programs must provide educational and enrichment activities in an organized, structured, and supervised environment
  • Must be Licensed or meet Alternatively Approved guidelines to participate in Arizona
  • State health and safety standards must be met in all programs

How is an At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program or organization paid for meals served:

  • All qualifying meals and snacks provided to children will be paid at the rate determined annually by USDA
  • Claims are submitted to ADE for the meals and snacks served and processed for payment

What foods must be included in the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program:

  • Meals must include appropriate portions of Vegetables and Fruits, Grains, Low/Non-Fat Milk, and Meat or Meat Alternative-Protein
  • Snacks require two of the above four components

What training is required:

The following Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) training class is offered throughout the year and is free of charge to new applicants, however, registration is limited to 2 people per agency:

  1. At-Risk After School Program – Designed for new applicants of after school care programs that wish to apply to participate in the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program.  An owner or administrator must attend to receive the application.

Note: The CACFP team will evaluate applications and once the application is determined to be complete, approval will be granted within 30 days.

If you have any further questions about the Child and Adult Care Food Program please contact:

Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin 7
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Tel: (602) 542-8700
Fax: (602) 542-3818

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.