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After School Snacks

Are you an afterschool program in our service area interested in receiving free meals or snacks?  In order to become a site for the CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meals and Snacks Program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • A public or nonprofit organization operating an afterschool program that primarily provides care for children during the school year
  • Must be located within the sending district of a school where 50% or more of the students are eligible for free and reduced lunches (see below).
  • Must provide education or enrichment activities in an organized, structured, and well-supervised environment (includes homework assistance/tutoring, arts and crafts, computer training, life skills, etc.)
  • Must fulfill requirements of Child Care Standards Agreement and pass Fire and Safety inspections and Health and Sanitation inspections.
  • Attend mandatory CACFP training (for dates, click here)

Determining Area Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in the at-risk afterschool meals component of CACFP, a program must be located in an eligible area.  “Area eligibility” means the site is located in the attendance area of a public school (elementary, middle or high school) where at least 50% of the students are eligible for free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program. 

To determine eligibility, follow these steps:

  1. Look up school boundaries at:: http://arizona.hometownlocator.com/schools/
    1. Scroll down to the picture of the map.
    2. Enter the address in the search box; click on the boxes for primary, middle and high school; and click “GO.”
    3. This will give you a listing of the public schools you can use to determine area eligibility.
  2. Go to the free/reduced price percentage reports to look up the schools listed under “School Attendance Zone” on the map: http://www.azed.gov/health-nutrition/frpercentages/.
    1. Once you locate your school(s) in the report, select a school that is at least 50% free or reduced price eligible and print that page or select it and print the selection.
  3. What to submit
    1. If your at-risk program is housed within an eligible school, you only need to send the data from the free/reduced price report.
    2. If area eligibility is based on a school different from the one with the at-risk program, send a copy of the map listing the eligible schools and the eligibility data from the free/reduced price table.
    3. If your site is located in a private or charter school, you can either use the data from your own school or use the data from the assigned public school following steps 1 and 2 above.