Expanding meal service options
After a long day of school, children need a healthy snack to keep them going. The federally funded After School Snack Program gives students the fuel they need to learn and play during after school activities. By offering students a nutritious snack, schools are helping children fill the energy gap between lunch and dinner.
After school snacks are served in appropriate portion sizes while providing students examples of healthy food choices.
The After School Snack Program can generate additional revenue for child nutrition departments. If at least 50 percent of the children enrolled in school are certified for free or reduced-price school meals, schools may serve after school snacks to all students through age 18, and be reimbursed at the free rate. Please refer to your state agency's regulations and guidelines on the program.
How to get started
Dairy MAX has a variety of resources available to schools to implement new meal service options, including the After School Snack Program. Our school nutrition experts are available to assist your district in developing these new programs and providing seed money in the form of grants to get the program off the ground. If you are interested in expanding breakfast at your school in Texas, Oklahoma or New Mexico, click here to complete an information request form.
Receiving the Dairy MAX grant allowed us to offer dairy products on our ASSP menu. Dairy MAX provided us with coolers to keep our yogurt, cheese, and milk cold. Without the coolers and the support of Dairy MAX, we would not have been able to provide these snacks! Now our students have the opportunity to get 3 servings of dairy a day while at school!
Vahista Ussery, M.S., M.B.A., R.D.
Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, HEB, TX