Afterschool Snacks and Suppers: Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)


  • The At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program helps students get the nutritious meals they need in a safe, supervised location.  For many students, this is their only opportunity to access a healthy meal after the school day ends.  The standards for suppers and snacks served in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, science-based recommendations made by the National Academy of Medicine, cost and practical considerations, and stakeholder's input.


    • Each supper is served with a variety of fruits and vegetables.
    • Incorporate seasonal and locally produced foods into meals.
    • Always provide at least two servings of whole grain-rich grains per day.
    • Only unflavored milk is offered on the menu to limit added sugar.
  • Civil RightsCivil Rights
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires that any program receiving federal financial assistance provide annual training to its staff on civil rights.  Specifically, USDA states that all 'frontline" staff who work with or assist program applicants or participants are required to receive civil rights training as well as those persons who supervise 'frontline" staff.

    Training is required so that people involved in all levels of program administration understand civil rights related laws, procedures and directives.

    Click here to read the CACFP Civil Rights Training or click here to view the Civil Rights Training (45 minutes)

    Click here to read the Offer vs. Serve Training


    Frequently asked

    CACFP questions

  • Ran out of food

  • Cooler temperature is higher than 41

  • Allergy Concerns

  • Missing a component