New Nutrition Standards for Snacks Sold in Schools Beginning July 1, 2014
Healthy, Hunger-Free kids Act
- Provided the USDA the authority to establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold outside of the Federal child nutrition programs in schools.
- The law specifies that the nutrition standards shall apply to all foods sold:
- Outside the school meals programs; on school campus; and at any time during the school day
- a la carte in the cafeteria
- in school stores
- snack bars
- vending machines
- other venues
- What are competitive foods?
- Competitive Food: all food and beverages sold to students on the school campus during the School Day, other than those meals reimbursable under programs authorized by the NSLA and the CNA.
- Where do the standards apply?
- School Campus: all areas of the property under the jurisdiction of the school that are accessible to students during the school day.
- When do the standards apply?
- School Day: is the period from midnight before the start of classes, to 30 minutes after the end of the official school day.
General Food Standards:
To be allowable, a food item must meet all of the competitive food nutrient standards and:
- Be a whole grain-rich product; or
- Have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, or a protein food (meat, beans, poultry, etc,); or
- Be a “combination food” that contains at least ¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetable;or
- Contain 10% of the Daily Value of one of the nutrients of public health concern ( only through June 30, 2016) calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber
● Foods must also meet several nutrient requirements:
° Snack items: ≤ 200 calories
° Entrée items: ≤ 350 calories
° Snack items: ≤ 230 mg**
° Entrée items: ≤ 480 mg
° Total fat: ≤35% of calories
° Saturated fat: < 10% of calories
° Trans fat: zero grams
° ≤ 35% of weight from total sugars in foods
*On July 1, 2016, foods may not qualify using the 10% DV criteria.
**On July 1, 2016, snack items must contain ≤ 200 mg sodium per item
Smart Snacks in School: USDA’s “All Foods Sold in Schools” Standards
Nutrition Standards for Beverages
● All schools may sell:
• Plain water (with or without carbonation)
• Unflavored low fat milk
• Unflavored or flavored fat free milk and milk alternatives permitted by NSLP/SBP
• 100% fruit or vegetable juice and
• 100% fruit or vegetable juice diluted with water (with or without carbonation), and no added sweeteners.
● Elementary schools may sell up to 8-ounce portions, while middle schools and high schools may sell up to 12-ounce portions
of milk and juice. There is no portion size limit for plain water.
● Beyond this, the standards allow additional “no calorie” and “lower calorie” beverage options for high school students.
• No more than 20-ounce portions of
• Calorie-free, flavored water (with or without carbonation); and
• Other flavored and/or carbonated beverages that are labeled to contain < 5 calories per 8 fluid ounces or ≤
10 calories per 20 fluid ounces.
• No more than 12-ounce portions of
• Beverages with ≤ 40 calories per 8 fluid ounces, or ≤ 60 calories per 12 fluid ounces.
• The sale of food items that meet nutrition requirements at fundraisers are not limited in any way under the
• The standards do not apply during non-school hours, on weekends and at off-campus fundraising events.
• The standards provide a special exemption for infrequent fundraisers that do not meet the nutrition
standards. State agencies may determine the frequency with which fundraising activities take place that
allow the sale of food and beverage items that do not meet the nutrition standards.
• Accompaniments such as cream cheese, salad dressing and butter must be included in the nutrient profile
as part of the food item sold.
• This helps control the amount of calories, fat, sugar and sodium added to foods by accompaniments, which
can be significant.
Smart Snack Calculator
1) Smart Snacks – Have you started work in being ready to implement the ? Informing superintendents, business managers, principals, food service staff, student/parent groups, and the general community NOW will help make the transition to the new standards. There is a lot of information available online. Here is a good overall link http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/smart-snacks-school.