USDA “Smart Snacks” standards available online
“Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards will be a requirement in 2014-15 as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. These standards affect foods sold in schools during the school day, beyond the federally-supported meal programs. These would include foods sold in vending machines and at snack bars.
The “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards require healthier foods, including more whole grains, low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and leaner protein. Food items will need to be lower in fat, sugar, and sodium and provide more nutrients. Students’ homemade lunches are not affected. Nor are treats for activities like birthday parties, holidays, other celebrations, fundraisers, or bake sales. Foods sold at afterschool sporting events or other activities will not be subject to these requirements either. Click here for more information.