Nebraska Department of Education - Nutrition Services


The Nebraska Department of Education – Nutrition Services administers the United States Department of Agriculture Child Nutrition Programs for the State of Nebraska. These programs include the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

The goal of the CACFP is to see that well balanced meals are served and that good eating habits are taught in child care settings. The CACFP provides nutritious meals and snacks served to eligible children in child care centers, family day care homes, and outside-school-hours centers, as well as to eligible adults in adult care centers and snacks for area eligible snacks for “at risk” youth.
Federal law (Public Law 105-336) authorizes CACFP reimbursement for meal supplements (snacks) provided to children through the age of 18 years in certain after school programs.

The following guidelines have been provided by USDA:
• “At Risk After School Snacks” are available to public or private nonprofit organizations. The center must be licensed to care for school age children.
• Centers may participate only as “at risk” centers. “At risk” centers are located within a school site boundary in which 50 per cent or more of the school site enrollment is approved free/reduced. A complete list of eligible school sites is available from Nutrition Services at the Nebraska Department of Education.
• To be eligible for reimbursement for “At Risk After School Snacks,” each center must:
Provide children with regularly scheduled activities in an organized, structured and supervised environment; and
• Include educational or enrichment activities.
“At Risk After School Snacks” may not be claimed for reimbursement during summer vacation.

To learn more about the CACFP and how your program may qualify for at risk after school snacks visit

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