Become A Sponsor Or Site


The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 approved by Congress permanently authorized the At-Risk Afterschool Meals program (ARAM) as part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Through ARAM, the USDA provides reimbursements for snacks and meals served by enrichment programs in areas where at least 50 percent of students are eligible for free/reduced-price meals.

School Districts

Those interested in serving afterschool meals in North Carolina should begin on the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) site.

Interested School Food Authorities can also view the school-specific criteria here, and should ask NC DHHS about the streamlined application for schools.

Community Partners

Those interested in serving afterschool meals in North Carolina should begin on the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) site.

Interested Community Partners can also use the USDA Area Eligibility Mapper to check if they are eligible to serve afterschool meals. NOTE: Locations where At-Risk Afterschool Meals can be served must be “area eligible,” based ONLY on school attendance area.

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 in 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.