Smart Snacks in Schools refers to the national nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold outside of the federal reimbursable school meal programs during the school day. These items are called “competitive foods” because they can compete for participation in school meal programs.
As of the 2014–2015 school year, all competitive foods and beverages sold during the school day must meet or exceed Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, which include limits on fat, sugar, sodium, and calorie content. This includes food and beverage sold during class parties, events, and fundraisers unless these items are not intended for consumption at school.
The Smart Snack Nutrition Standards support better health for our kids and echo the good work already taking place in schools across the country. The new standards preserve flexibility for time-honored traditions like fundraisers and bake sales, and provide ample transition time for schools.
Highlights of the Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards include:
- More of the foods we should encourage.
- Less of the foods we should avoid.
- Targeted beverage standards allowing variation by age group.
- Flexibility for important traditions.
- Ample time for implementation.
Please note: Smart Snack Standards only apply to locations on school campuses that are accessible to students. This does not include the teacher's lounge and any functions in which students are not in attendance.
For sufficient ordering time and organization of your event, please submit your written request to the building Head Cook 2-3 weeks prior to the event.