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Smart Snacks Guidelines

NCSD is offering the Snack and Beverage Program for the 2023-2024 school year. 

For questions or more information please contact the Food & Nutrition Department:

Administrative Assistant:  or 248.449.1404

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

Smart Snacks for Schools policy went into effect on July 1, 2014 per the USDA as part of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010. In order for our schools to be compliant we must follow certain guidelines regarding foods sold in schools, fundraisers, and more.  These regulations are in effect from midnight until 30 minutes after the end of the school day.  Please read below for further information.

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 affected 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 and Nutrition Department for more guidance.

Explanation of the Guidelines 

Guidelines Summary 

Smart Snacks USDA Calculator 


Remember that no foods can be sold in schools, inside of the time frame, that can be immediately 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.

Click the link above for more guidance and suggestions. 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.