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About the Program
The federal After School Meal and Snack Program (ASMSP) provides reimbursement to qualifying afterschool enrichment programs that serve free meals or snacks to their children.
ASMSP is an extension of the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and is sometimes referred to as the “At-Risk” or “Supper” program. All meals and snacks are served free of charge to youth in participating afterschool enrichment programs.
Benefits to Kids
Strong Bodies: Improve the health and well being of the children you serve. The snacks and meals are nutritionally-balanced and allow kids to get the most from your enrichment program
Strong Minds: By the time children come to your programs it may have been 3-4 hours since their last meal, making it difficult to concentrate or learn. This program ensures that students continue to thrive even after the school bell rings.
Strong Communities: Afterschool programs provide a safe, supervised environment during a time when many youth would otherwise be home alone, or on the street.
Benefits to Afterschool Programs
Strengthens and Preserves Programming: Providing meals and snacks can be expensive, leaving program managers with a difficult choice between feeding kids and providing enriching activities. ASMSP can help you do both, saving thousands of dollars on meals and snacks that can fund program activities.
Funding Diversity: The meal program is a great tool to use for approaching future funders. Incorporating this as part of your fundraising budget shows potential funders your willingness to leverage all available resources in your community. It also demonstrates a commitment to your children’s overall health and wellness.
How the Program Works
The site must be located within a school attendance boundary where at least 50% of the children are eligible for Free and Reduced (F/R) lunches.
Schools, churches, apartment complexes, community centers, boys and girls clubs, tribal agencies and other organizational locations are examples of appropriate sites.