Additional Resources for Healthy Snacks and Beverages

Below you will find links to more resources to support serving healthy foods and beverages in afterschool and other out-of-school time programs. Some of these links will take you to programs and resources beyond OSNAP.

OSNAP Resources:

Working with Food Service- This guide aims to help afterschool staff and coordinators that receive snacks or meals from Food and Nutrition Services to work towards meeting the OSNAP Standards, keeping program requirements and costs in mind.

Sample Snack Menu- The menu includes one month of snacks that meet OSNAP goals.

Produce Passport

Water Pitcher Sanitation Guidelines- If you use water pitchers to provide water during snack or meal times, be sure to clean them appropriately, following this guide.

OSNAP partner letter snacks- Includes a customizable template for communicating with your program partners about your goals around food and drinks in your afterschool program.

OSNAP partner letter screen time- Includes a customizable template for communicating  your goals around screen time in your afterschool program with your program partners.

Sample Family Letters- Includes a customizable template for communicating your goals around food and drinks in your afterschool program with families.

Other Resources:

Healthy Celebrations– Ideas for healthier ways to celebrate birthdays and holidays from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Alternatives for Food as Reward– Do you give pizza parties to celebrate achievement? Here are some healthier options from Michigan State University Extension.

Alternatives to Food Fundraising- If your program relies on candy and bake sales to raise money consider some of these ideas:

The Massachusetts Public Health Association

Connecticut State Department of Education

Center for Science in the Public Interest

How Sweet Is It?– This information sheet is a great visual and resource showing how many sugary drinks exist, from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Nutrition Source.

Model Healthy Beverage Vending Agreement– If there’s nothing but soda and junk food in your vending machines, resources from ChangeLab Solutions offer strategies for making healthier options available.