Reimbursement Rates

Household income determines if a child qualifies for free or reduced-price meals. Free and reduced-price eligibility establishes the reimbursement rates provided in the afterschool and summer nutrition programs. The reimbursement rates vary depending upon the nutrition program, with some providing the highest (or same) reimbursement rate for all meals and snacks served if the program is located in an area where at least 50 percent of the children qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

For a child to be eligible for free meals, the household income must be 130 percent or less of the federal poverty guidelines. For a child to be eligible for reduced-price meals, the household income must be between 130 and 185 percent of the guidelines. For the income guidelines, see the “Download” box on this page. In Alaska and Hawaii, the requirements for qualifying for free or reduced-price meals are set at higher income levels because of these states’ high cost of living.

Programs receive a nominal reimbursement for a child whose household income is above 185 percent of poverty (or who does not submit a free or reduced-price meal application or otherwise document eligibility for free or reduced-price meals). This is called the paid rate.

NSLP Afterschool Snacks

July 2013 through June 2014

Snack
Free
$0.80
Reduced-price
$0.40
Paid
$0.07

The reimbursement rate for NSLP snacks is determined either by the afterschool program’s eligibility or the individual child’s eligibility. An afterschool program is eligible if it is located in a low-income area (where at least 50 percent of the children in the local elementary, middle, or high school are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals). In this instance, all of the snacks are reimbursed at the free rate of reimbursement for all of the snacks served. If an afterschool program is not located in a low-income area, it is reimbursed based upon each child’s eligibility for free, reduced-price, or paid school meals.

Snacks served in Alaska and Hawaii are reimbursed at a higher rate because of these states’ high food costs.

CACFP Meals and Snacks

July 2013 through June 2014

Breakfast
Lunch/Dinner
Snack
Free
$1.58
$2.93
$0.80
Reduced-price
$1.28
$2.53
$0.40
Paid
$0.28
$0.28
$0.07

Afterschool programs that are located in low-income areas (where at least 50 percent of the children in the local elementary, middle, or high school are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and snacks) receive the free rate for all meals and snacks served. Children age 18 and younger can receive meals and snacks at programs after school, on weekends or school holidays (not including summer vacation). To qualify, the program must be located in a low-income area (where at least 50 percent of the children in the local elementary, middle, or high school are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals). All of the meals and snacks are reimbursed at the free rate.

Meals and snacks served through the CACFP Outside School Hours Care option are reimbursed based upon the participating children’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meals. This CACFP option can be used to serve children younger than 13 at before-school, afterschool, and weekend programs. (Summer programs are eligible only if they are a continuation of a year-round program.) A maximum of two meals and a snack can be served each day.

The reimbursement rates listed above do not include the value of commodities (or cash in lieu of commodities), $0.2325 for July 2013 through June 2014, which CACFP provides for each lunch and dinner served.

Meals and snacks served in Alaska and Hawaii are reimbursed at a higher rate because of these states’ high food costs.