SDE: Afterschool Snack Program

Afterschool Snack Program


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The Afterschool Snack Program (ASP) operates under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). It provides cash reimbursement to help schools serve snacks to children in afterschool activities aimed at promoting the health and well-being of children and youth in Connecticut's communities. Schools must provide children with regularly scheduled activities in an organized, structured, and supervised environment that includes educational or enrichment activities, e.g., mentoring/tutoring programs. Programs must meet state or local licensing requirements and health and safety standards. Competitive interscholastic sports teams are not eligible.


The ASP has different meal pattern requirements for preschoolers (ages 1-4) and grades K-12. Effective October 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final rule, Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, updates the ASP meal pattern for preschoolers. The resources below reflect these requirements.

ASP Guidance Eligibility
    Meal Patterns and Menu Planning Forms  USDA Resources

    For more resources, review the CSDE's Resources for Child Nutrition Programs webpage.

    CONTACT:  Jackie Schipke, MBA, RD, SNS at jackie.schipke@ct.gov or 860-807-2123
    Connecticut State Department of Education
    Bureau of Health, Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
    Child Nutrition Programs
    450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 504
    Hartford, CT 06103-1841


    Nondiscrimination Statements (USDA and CSDE)




    Content Last Modified on 9/19/2017 11:10:27 AM