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Smart Snacks in School

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Starting in School Year 2014-15, all foods sold at school during the school day are required to meet nutrition standards.
The Smart Snacks in School regulation applies to foods sold a la carte, in the school store,
vending machines, and any other venues where food is sold to students.
Students can consume almost half of their daily calories when they are at school.
Although school vending machines can be a convenient source of food and beverages
throughout the day, the items sold should be healthy options.
Smart Snacks in School 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 with participation in school meal programs. As of 2014—2015, these competitive foods sold in school vending machines must meet or exceed the federal nutrition standards, which include limits on fat, sugar, sodium, and calorie content.

The following resources provide information about Smart Snack requirements, helpful tools, and ways to encourage children to make healthier snack choices.

Use the Smart Snacks Calculator to ensure snacks and meals served at your school or out-of-school time program meet Smart Snacks in School Fundraising Standards.

Use these links to learn the requirements for planning a school fundraiser.