At-Risk Afterschool Meals for School Food Authorities (SFAs)
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At-Risk Afterschool Meals
At-Risk Afterschool Meals (At-Risk) is a component to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that offers Federal reimbursement to help Afterschool Programs serve meals and snacks to children in low-income areas.
The purpose of the programs providing meals and/or snacks must be to provide organized, structured, and supervised care in afterschool settings. Local, public or private non-profit organizations who are eligible to sponsor At-Risk Afterschool Meals and who are approved by ADE can claim meals and snacks for reimbursement in Arizona. To be eligible, a program must be:
- Offered primarily to provide after school child care to children during the school year after the regular school day ends, on weekends, or during breaks throughout the regular school year;
- Regularly scheduled and organized education or enrichment activity that is open to all children; and
- Located in an attendance area of a school where at least 50 percent or more of the children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
Program activities are not limited to a particular type of education or enrichment activity but cannot limit any child’s participation for any reason other than space, security, or licensing requirements. Types of eligible activities include tutoring, school choir, debate team, drama society, supervised athletic activities, arts and crafts, etc. It must be emphasized that under no circumstance can athletic programs participating in competitive interscholastic sports be approved as the enrichment activity for At-Risk Afterschool Meals (e.g. JV Basketball, Varsity Soccer, Swim Team, etc.). Although encouraged, children are not required to participate in the program activity that is being offered to receive a meal or snack; therefore, children participating in a competitive interscholastic sport can also participate in At-Risk Afterschool Meals.
ADE has made efforts to streamline At-Risk Afterschool Meals for SFAs to be more consistent with those of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). This streamlined process aligns with USDA’s memo SP 09-2013 CACAFP 04-2013: Streamlining At-Risk Meal Participation for School Food Authorities. For further details on this streamlined process read ADE’s memo, Streamlining At-Risk Afterschool Meals for School Food Authorities in Arizona. For more information on At-Risk Afterschool Meals please use USDA’s At-Risk Afterschool Meals A Child and Adult Care Food Program Guide. When reading this guide, remember that its instruction is not solely for SFAs and the streamlined requirements are still in place.
To learn how to operate At-Risk Afterschool Meals in Arizona, take ADE’s Online Course: How to Operate At-Risk Afterschool Meals for School Food Authorities.
|At-Risk Snack||At-Risk Supper||At-Risk Breakfast||At-Risk Lunch|
|CACFP Snack Meal Pattern
NSLP Snack Meal Pattern
|CACFP Supper Meal Pattern
NSLP Lunch Meal Pattern
|CACFP Breakfast Meal Pattern
NSLP Breakfast Meal Pattern
|CACFP Lunch Meal Pattern
NSLP Lunch Meal Pattern
Meal pattern options for At-Risk Afterschool Meal operators who participate in the NSLP:
- Meal Pattern for National School Lunch Program
- Meal Pattern for School Breakfast Program
- CACFP Child Meal Pattern for Breakfast, Lunch and Supper
Snack meal pattern options for At-Risk Afterschool Meal operators who participate in the NSLP:
- Meals and snacks served must meet either the NSLP or CACFP meal pattern.
- All meals and snacks must be served after the regular school day ends, on weekends, or during breaks throughout the regular school year.
- The location must be either site or area eligible.
- Site Eligible– Sites that have at least 50% of enrolled students eligible for free or reduced-price meals are site eligible.
- Area Eligible– Sites that do not have at least 50% of enrolled students eligible for free or reduced-price meals but are located in an attendance area of a school that has at least 50% of enrolled students eligible for free or reduced-price meals are area eligible. The attendance area is a school’s specific area boundary lines.
- All meals and snacks served to children must be free of charge and are claimed at the free rate.
- An organized enrichment or educational afterschool activity that is open to all students must be offered during the time of meal service.
Meal and snack reimbursement rates are the same dollar amount for both NSLP and CACFP meal patterns. Reimbursement rates for CACFP program year 2020 are coming soon!
Meal Counts- Programs must maintain accurate documentation of the number children who receive a reimbursable meal or snack – simply using attendance rosters is not sufficient. Sites must be able to show how many children took a meal or snack each day.
Attendance Records or Sign-In Sheets- At-Risk Afterschool Meals operators are required to maintain daily attendance records or sign-in sheets to ensure that the daily meal count does not exceed the amount of students in attendance.
Monthly Claims- Sites that participate in At-Risk Afterschool Meals will include the total number of meals and snacks served during the month on the monthly reimbursement claim. For further assistance in this process, take ADE’s Step by Step Instruction: How to Submit a Claim in CNPWeb.
Production Records- Programs must keep detailed record of how many snacks are prepared and served each day. ADE has created various production record templates to assist SFAs in this record keeping requirement.
- If you are serving snacks through the At-Risk Afterschool Meals and are following the Afterschool Care Snack Program chart, click here.
- If you are serving snacks through the At-Risk Afterschool Meals and are following the CACFP meal pattern chart, click here.
- If you are serving meals through the At-Risk Afterschool Meals, click here.
At-Risk Afterschool Meals Site Reviews– Each site that is serving a snack through At-Risk Afterschool Meals will be required to complete one on-site review each year using the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Site Review for Snacks. Each site that is serving a meal through At-Risk Afterschool Meals will be required to complete one on-site review each year using the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Site Review for Meals. If sites serve both snacks and meals through At-Risk Afterschool Meals, a review for snack service and a review for meal service must be completed separately using their designated review forms. Site reviews must be completed by February 1st and if corrective action is required then a follow-up review must be completed within 45 days.
SFAs must ensure ADE has on file the Food Program Permanent Service Agreement (FFPSA) that was available starting June of 2019; this FPPSA includes the At-Risk Afterschool Meals information included in the agreement. In addition to the FPPSA, all SFAs are required to complete the SFA At-Risk Afterschool Meals Responsible Principal Addendum. This form will be submitted to the School Nutrition Specialist during the application process.
For detailed instruction on how to apply for At-Risk Afterschool Meals please use ADE’s online training Step by Step Instruction: How to Apply for At-Risk Afterschool Meals for School Food Authorities.
- If you are an SFA interested in applying for At-Risk Afterschool Meals, contact your assigned School Nutrition Programs Specialist for more details.