Meals for Children in After School Programs

After school enrichment programs in many Philadelphia and suburban areas can receive meals for elementary and high school students at no cost and with minimal paperwork. Based on the needs of the children served, and the timing of the program, a site has the option of offering a snack or their choice of a cold or hot supper.

Meals are delivered to a site free of charge as long as the site has adequate storage for two or three day’s worth of meals. Daily paperwork is required.

Meal Options & Nutrition

The snack menu usually consists of an enriched grain item, such as graham crackers, pretzels, and 100% fruit juice, yogurt, or milk.

  • Animal Crackers
  • Honey Graham Squares
  • Tiny Twist Pretzels
  • Apple Juice
  • 1% White Milk
  • Fruit Juice
The cold supper menu includes items such as sandwiches, yogurt, fruit cups, hummus, 100% fruit juice, fresh fruit, and milk.

  • Turkey Sandwich on Wheat Bread
  • Strawberry Yogurt
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Mixed Fruit Cup
  • Honey Roasted Sunflower Kernels
  • Orange Juice
  • Apple Juice
  • Raisin Bran
  • Animal Crackers
  • Peach Fruit Cup
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Fruit Juice
  • Milk
The hot supper menu includes items such as pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, spaghetti & meatballs, chicken nuggets, and 100% fruit juice, fresh or cooked fruits and vegetables, and milk.

  • Pizza
  • Hot Dog w/ Wheat Bun
  • Chicken Tenders
  • Baby Carrots
  • Tri-Taters
  • Hash Browns
  • Fresh Tossed Salad
  • Strawberry Applesauce
  • Corn & Carrots
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Wheat Bread
  • Milk


Current After School Menus



Requirements for Participation

In order to participate in the after school snack or supper program, an organization must:

  • Provide school-aged children with enrichment programming outside of school hours
  • Be located in an area where the majority of students at the local public school receive free or reduced price meal benefits
  • Be non-profit with proof of 501c-3 status
  • Have at least 30 children in attendance everyday
  • Have refrigeration (and heating equipment, if necessary) for at least 2 days worth of meals
  • Attend an annual training at NDS
  • Maintain monthly paperwork

Other Information

NDS is a sponsor of this federal program that is run by NDS under contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. School have the option to be their own sponsor and can contract directly with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. For more information about direct sponsorship see PDE’s website.

For more information about federal after school meals, visit the USDA website.

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