After School Meals Program
The After School Meals Program is designed to offer a nutritious meal to students enrolled in an after school program.
We look forward to serving your students a freshly prepared After School Supper meal.
Schools that wish to participate in the After School Meals Program must meet the following requirements:
- The meal must be served after a regular school day (after school dismissal).
- The After School Meals program must include educational and/or enrichment activities.
- The program provider and cafeteria staff must complete the annual required training.
- The program must maintain separate daily student attendance and meal participation tally sheets. Attendance can not be used as a proxy for meal participation.
COMPLETE Application & ROSTER in one step- Complete ONE application per year, per program.
An accurate listing of enrolled students must be submitted with your original application using the roster template provided:
Attendance Roster Template- Google Sheet
The student’s first and last name must be entered into the roster template.
What Happens After an Application is submitted?
You will receive an auto-generated email with the information entered into the google form.
After your program application has been reviewed by Food Service Central Office staff and the enrollment has been verified, An email will be sent to the coordinator listed in the application and copied to the on-site food service staff, letting everyone know the program’s approval date and when meals are authorized to start. The on-site food service staff will help to coordinate ordering the meals. Food Services may adjust meals according to meal participation throughout the school year.
Once your program has been approved, It will take up to 4 school days for meals to arrive at your school.
If you have trouble along the way completing your application email: email@example.com
NEED TO LET US KNOW ABOUT A CHANGE TO YOUR APPLICATION or NEED TO UPDATE YOUR ENROLLMENT & ATTENDANCE ROSTER after your original submission?
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 23-24 School Year can be submitted on a rolling basis starting early August.
As a rule, please submit your application as soon as possible so we can set everything up to serve your students.
Applications are due by Monday, August 28th for Meal Service to start SEPTEMBER 11th.
If your program starts:
Anytime in September- Applications are due August 28th
Anytime in October- Applications are due by September 15th
Anytime in November- Applications are due by October 14th
Anytime in December- Applications are due November 15th
Anytime in January- Applications are due December 15th
Anytime in February- Applications are due January 13th
Anytime in March-Applications are due February 15th
Anytime in April- Applications are due March 15ht
Anytime in May- Applications are due April 14th
If we don’t have the paperwork, your service will be delayed until the next month, when PDE authorizes the District to be reimbursed for meals served.
Why does it take so long for meals to start?
The PA Department of Education (PDE), Division of Food and Nutrition must approve each school building’s participation in the afterschool meal program. We will do our best to service your students as soon as we are able.
If your program starts in October and your program application is submitted the first week of October, we will not receive reimbursement for meals from PDE until November. Meal service would start the first school day of November. The earlier you can get your application submitted the better. We have advocated in many different ways, but the program administrators at PDE have made it clear that they will not make exceptions to their policies.
If there is already another approved afterschool program operating in your building, we need one week prior to your program’s start date to increase the number of meals sent to your school. Use this link to check if your school already has approved programming.