After School At-Risk Programs

Requirements for participation

In order to be eligible for participation in this program, after school programs must be located in the attendance area of a school where 50% or more of the children are eligible for free or reduced price school meals. These programs must provide children with regularly scheduled educational or enrichment activities in a supervised environment after school hours, on weekends, and holidays during the regular school year.

Eligible participants

  • School age children up through the age of 18 ( if a child turn 19 during the school year, that child remains eligible to participate in the program for the rest of that school year).

After School Program Responsibilities

To serve snacks meeting program requirements, and to maintain required records that include:

  • documentation that the site is located in an area served by a school in which 50% or more of children enrolled are certified as eligible for free or reduce price school meals
  • total meal counts
  • daily attendance
  • menu production records

Meal Pattern Requirements

The following food groups must be served to all children. Portion requirements will vary according to childrens’ age:


Food from any two of the four food groups identified.

Food Group # of Servings
Meat 1
Bread/Grain 1
Fruit or Vegetable 1
Milk 1

Eligible meals

In after school programs, reimbursement is limited to one snack per child per day.


Reimbursement rates for snacks served to children in attendance are announced annually by USDA based on changes in the Consumer Price Index of the preceding year. For the After School program, all snacks are reimbursed at the free rate.

Nutrition education

If you have any further questions about, or to obtain an application to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program please contact:

Arizona Department of Education
Child Nutrition Programs
(602) 542-8700

The Child and Adult Care Food Program is available to all eligible children and adults without regard to race, color, disability, sex, national origin, or sexual orientation. Any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA related activity should contact the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.