Programs eligible for reimbursement under the School Lunch Program
After School Snacks
To be eligible to qualify for reimbursement under the School Lunch Program, after school care programs must meet the following three criteria:
A school district or residential childcare facility (RCCI) which participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) must operate the after-school care program. The program does not have to use the school district’s personnel or regular school facilities. The school district or RCCI must retain final administrative and management responsibility for the program, including the program site. The school district or RCCI must be the party that enters into the agreement with the Nutrition Services at the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) and must assume full responsibility for meeting all program requirements.
The purpose of the program must be to provide care in after school settings. The program must be organized to provide children with regularly scheduled activities in a setting that is structured and supervised. By “regularly scheduled” it does not mean the program must occur daily. Moreover, while eligible programs would not need to establish formal enrollment procedures, they must have a means of determining if children are present on a given day, such as a roster or sign-in sheet.
Eligible programs must include educational or enrichment activities in a supervised structured environment. Any extracurricular activities such as the school choir, debate team, and drama society, et al. can qualify to participate under this provision only if their basic purpose is to provide after school care as defined above. It must be emphasized that under no circumstances can organized athletic programs engaged in interscholastic sports be approved as after school care programs under this provision.
School districts and RCCIs must notify Nutrition Services at NDE of their intent to participate in the after school snack program. An explanation of the educational or enrichment component of the program must also be submitted to Nutrition Services. Each program site that is eligible to participate in the after school care snack program must complete the appropriate section of both the system and site applications of their annual on-line agreement.