• After School Snack Program


     What are "After School Snacks?"

    The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) now offers Federal reimbursement to help schools serve snacks to children after their regular school day ends. Afterschool snacks give children a nutritional boost and draw them into supervised educational activities that are safe, fun and filled with learning opportunities.

    How can children benefit from the snack service?

    After School Snacks help ensure that children receive the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow. Organized, structured, and supervised programs that provide snacks allow children to think and behave better, and help them make the grade!

    Is my after school care program eligible?

    In order for a site to participate, your school district must run the NSLP. Additionally the afterschool care program must provide children with regularly scheduled educational or enrichment activities in a supervised environment. Contact Food & Child Nutrition Services for further information regarding program eligibility.

    What type of snacks must be served in my program?

    In order to be reimbursed from USDA, the snacks must contain at least two different components of the following four: a serving of fluid milk; a serving of meat or meat alternate; a serving of vegetable(s) or fruit(s) or full strength vegetable or fruit juice; a serving of whole grain or enriched bread or cereal. The snack menu is set monthly by Food & Child Nutrition Services and is posted on our website. 

    How do I apply for After School Snacks?

    1. Fill out the snack application form

    2. Contact the Food & Child Nutrition Accounting Manager at Devanuel.Samuel@clevelandmetroschools.org or (216)838-0438.

    What records must be maintained?

    The Food & Child Nutrition Services staff will provide you with specific information on the reporting and recordkeeping requirements. You will need to maintain a roster or sign-in sheet for participating children. Additionally, you must record and report and sign for the total number of snacks you serve each day.  You will also be required to maintain documentation of compliance with the meal pattern.

    Who administers the program?

    The NSLP is administered on the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Within individual States, the program is administered by the State of Ohio, Department of Education.  At the local level, the program is administered by the Cleveland Municipal School District, Food & Child Nutrition Services.