School Districts & School Food Authorities


Hunger Solutions New York provides personalized assistance free of charge to school districts interested in implementing or expanding CACFP and other nutrition programs that serve kids and teens, including the Summer Food Service Program, the National School Breakfast Program, the Community Eligibility Provision, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. We provide program information, gather county-, school-, and district-level data, connect districts with eligible local afterschool programs, and more.

School food authorities are ideal CACFP sponsors, as they are often able to incorporate afterschool meals preparation and administration into school meals programs they already operate. If possible, sponsors can explore flexibility within CACFP program guidelines to meet the needs of students and school food program staff; they may choose to prepare afterschool meals while preparing school lunch or breakfast, serve cold meals which can be easier to prepare and store, or connect with a vendor or other CACFP sponsor if they lack the capacity to prepare afterschool meals on-site. Our Afterschool Meals FAQ provides an overview of CACFP program requirements and flexibilities, and this USDA memo details guidance for school food authorities to streamline CACFP and school meals to minimize administrative burdens. 

Already Serving Afterschool Snacks through NSLP? Build On Your Success.

For schools already offering afterschool snacks through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), CACFP provides an opportunity to serve complete meals, giving students a more substantial nutritional boost.

CACFP reimburses $3.16 per meal served – more than triple the $.86 reimbursement rate for afterschool snacks. As an example, if a school serves 100 students afterschool snacks for 180 days,* they could be reimbursed up to $15,480. If instead the school served 100 students complete afterschool meals through CACFP, they could be reimbursed up to $56,880 for 180 days of meals, or up to $72,360 if they serve both meals and snacks.

Maximum Reimbursements for Afterschool Meals & Snacks

Serving 100 Students for 180 Days*

NSLP: Snacks

CACFP: Meals

CACFP: Meals + Snacks

$15, 480

$56,880

$72,360

*Though 180 days is used in this example, sites may operate for more than 180 days per year if they opt to serve meals on weekends and/or during school breaks. Read on for more information.

Fill Nutrition Gaps by Serving Meals on Weekends & School Breaks

Students who rely on healthy school meals may experience food hardship during time off for weekends and school breaks. During the regular school year, CACFP Afterschool Meals sponsors may serve meals on weekends and holiday breaks in addition to or instead of after school. Sponsors may serve breakfast, lunch, supper, or snack, up to one meal and one snack per child per day. Regular program requirements apply, including those regarding location, programming, and meal patterns. If you are a current sponsor interested in serving meals on weekends or school breaks, contact your NYS DOH representative for more information about how to get started.

Provide Year-Round Nutrition with Summer Meals + CACFP 

Schools are often trusted, safe, and easily accessible community gathering places. Recognizing these advantages, many districts sponsor Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites to nourish children throughout the summer months. If your district already participates in SFSP, transitioning to CACFP during the school year is a natural fit to provide year-round nutrition. If your district is interested in sponsoring a summer meals site or helping with outreach to increase participation at other sites, visit SummerMealsNY.org for information.

Please contact Misha Marvel, Child Nutrition Programs Specialist, or Krista Hesdorfer, CACFP Associate, for personalized information and assistance with CACFP. Visit SchoolMealsHubsNY.org to connect with other nutrition programs available for students.