USDA's Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards support better health for our kids and help make the healthy choice the easy choice for America’s young people.
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The regulations provide nutrition standards, including limits for:
Total Fat, Saturated Fat and Trans Fat
Effective July 1, 2014, any food or beverage sold to students on the school campus during the school day must meet federal Smart Snacks standards. This includes food or beverages sold in a la carte sales, vending machines, school stores, snack carts, and fundraisers. Any entity selling food to students is required to maintain records, such as nutrition labels and product specifications.
In this context, 'school campus' refers to all areas of the property under the jurisdiction of the school that are accessible to students. 'School day' refers to the period of time from the midnight before until 30 minutes after the end of the official school day.
This rule DOES NOT apply to:
- Foods sold after school hours
- Foods sold off school campus
- Foods sold exclusively to adults
- Foods given to students at no charge
- Foods brought from home for student consumption
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines a fundraiser as an event or activity during which students exchange currency/tokens/tickets, etc., for the sale/purchase of a product in support of the school or school-related activities. The Smart Snacks regulations apply only to products intended to be consumed during the school day.
Examples of fundraisers include:
- Giving away food but suggesting a donation
- Vending machine when the profits are used to support a school-sponsored club or activity such as the school band or football team
- Special treats sold during lunch hour by a student organization
- Bake sales offered to students
- Pizza sold in the classroom
A Guide to USDA Smart Snack in Schools can be found at:
Resources for USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards can be found at:
Tools for Schools: Focusing on Smart Snacks
Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Food Planner - Tools You Can Use
Non-Food Alternatives for Fundraisers
Best Practices for Healthy School Fundraisers
Smart Snacks Brochure