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Taking Food Components Offsite

August 10, 2016



The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) realizes that while food is designed to be eaten onsite in the CACFP, children may benefit from being allowed to take one vegetable, fruit, or grain item offsite to eat at some other time. Similar to the rules governing the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the At-Risk Afterschool component of the CACFP does not need to seek prior approval by State agencies but must stay in compliance with local and State health and safety codes.


Why It Matters

Our goal is to reach every child in need with nutritious food. This provision in the At-Risk Afterschool portion of the CACFP strengthens our capabilities and provides a fantastic opportunity to meet the need of a particularly vulnerable population.

For more information, check out Taking Food Components Off-site in the At-Risk Afterschool Component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program(CACFP 22-2016).