Fast Facts about Afterschool Meals


  • If your school or organization provides afterschool care to children ages 18 and younger, your program may be eligible to receive healthy meals and snacks for your students that are reimbursed by a federal nutrition program.
    • If eligible due to economic need, the meals would be reimbursed through the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program that is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
  • In North Carolina, CACFP is administered through the NC Department of Health and Human Services and provides reimbursements for snacks and meals served at afterschool programs offering enrichment or education programs.
    • Organizations may participate in the At-Risk Afterschool Meals component of CACFP if they are located within the attendance boundaries of a school with a free and reduced-price eligibility rate of 50% or higher.

Afterschool Meals

The At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program (ARAM) is part of the Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). ARAM provides reimbursement for nutritious snacks and/or suppers served to children 18 and under who are participating in eligible afterschool programs located eligible low-income areas. The NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) administers ARAM in North Carolina. Both school districts and community organizations can serve as sponsors and sites.