With the new Smart Snacks for Schools policy going into effect as of July 1, 2014 per the USDA as part of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 there are many changes and adjustments schools need to make to be prepared.
Not only will the new policy regulate the Food Service Department but will effect all foods sold in schools from midnight until 30 minutes after school lets out for the day.
Wondering how "for sale to students" is defined? Any food provided to students that requires payment, contribution, or the exchange of tickets or tokens of any sort would be required to be compliant with the Smart Snacks nutrition standards. Items not available to students (such as food available only to adults) for consumption during the school day or food brought in for sack lunches, school celebrations, holiday parties, etc. would be exempt.
To help PTOs, Teachers, Administrators, and any other groups effected by these changes we have established this page to serve as a reference tool. As always, if you have any concerns or questions please feel free to contact the Food Service Department for more guidance.
Remember that no foods can be sold in schools, inside of the time frame, that can be immedietly eaten and do not meet the nutrition requirements (i.e. candy bars). Foods such as popcorn are still acceptable (popcorn is considered a whole grain) but must still meet the requirements (such as sodium).
Fundraisers like cookie dough, pizza kits, and Market Day are still allowable since they are taken home to be prepared and consumed.
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